SOUTH SUDAN / LACROIX WOMEN PEACEKEEPERS

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Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix met with women peacekeepers and women advocacy groups as he continues his official visit to South Sudan. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / LACROIX WOMEN PEACEKEEPERS
TRT: 04:08
SOURE: UNMISS
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DATELINE: 13 SEPTEMBER 2021, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

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1. Wide shot, women civil society meeting USG
2. Med shot, women writing
3. Med shot, women reading
4. Close up, woman listening
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Alokiir Malual, Chairperson, South Sudan Civil Society Alliance:
“We call on the Government to adhere to the gender provision in the R-ARCSS fully to ensure women are represented and meaningfully participate at all levels of governance sectors. We call on the UN and donor agencies to provide finance and technical resources to women to strengthen their leadership, and expand their space, and capacities to engage more effectively and efficiently at all sectors.”
6. Wide shot, USG meeting the civil society
7. Close up, USG listening
8. Close up, women group writing
9. Close up, woman listening
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Theresa Siricico, Chairperson, South Sudan Women Peace Monitoring and Advocacy Group:
“The inclusiveness of women in uniform and making it more female inclusive addresses such sensitive cases related to sexual and gender-based violence. Instead of exercising their right to silence, those victims will be more open to discuss, to come up and talk to us, to address the issue of sexual based violence.”
11. Various shots, women meeting USG
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations:
“The role of women and the empowerment of women in South Sudan is absolutely critical to achieve that, particularly in view of the fact, that the transitional agreement itself has a very important provisions regarding the role of women, the proportion of positions that have to be assigned to women. South Sudan, as well as other countries in this kind of this situation, can achieve durable peace only if there is a strong empowerment and involvement of civil society and the South Sudanese people in its diversity and entirety.”
13. Various shots, women peacekeeper meeting with USG
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Geetha Pious, Head of UNMISS Field Office in Juba:
“If more and more leaders come to the UN at the senior level and they understand addressing these challenges and effectively deploy women in all aspects. I never think that a woman has to have only certain roles like, in the community, they can be a teacher, they can be a nurse, but no, they also have the same capacity as peacebuilders, and they are better peacebuilders and peace mediators in all aspects.”
15. Close up, USG listening
16. Close up, woman peacekeeper listening
17. Close up, woman peacekeeper talking

STORYLINE:


Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix met with women peacekeepers and women advocacy groups as he continues his official visit to South Sudan.

Women and girls suffered huge harm during South Sudan’s civil war. Many were killed. They lost their children and husbands, their homes, and access to education and jobs.

They demonstrated their resilience by risking their lives to support their families in the midst of fighting and continuing to work to resolve conflict within their communities. But their contribution has never been fully recognized and they continue to largely be shut out of peace-building processes, despite repeated calls for inclusion.

SOUNDBITE (English) Alokiir Malual, Chairperson, South Sudan Civil Society Alliance:
“We call on the Government to adhere to the gender provision in the R-ARCSS fully to ensure women are represented and meaningfully participate at all levels of governance sectors. We call on the UN and donor agencies to provide finance and technical resources to women to strengthen their leadership, and expand their space, and capacities to engage more effectively and efficiently at all sectors.”

Women’s representatives held a robust discussion with the UN Under-Secretary-General, Jean-Pierre Lacroix during his visit to South Sudan about the need to urgently empower women in politics and governance. They also want to advance the role of women in the security forces.

SOUNDBITE (English) Theresa Siricico, Chairperson, South Sudan Women Peace Monitoring and Advocacy Group:
“The inclusiveness of women in uniform and making it more female inclusive addresses such sensitive cases related to sexual and gender-based violence. Instead of exercising their right to silence, those victims will be more open to discuss, to come up and talk to us, to address the issue of sexual based violence.”

The women also expressed concern about a crackdown on freedom of expression in relation to media and civil society and the need to establish a safe space for public debate in the lead-up to elections.

SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations:
“The role of women and the empowerment of women in South Sudan is absolutely critical to achieve that, particularly in view of the fact, that the transitional agreement itself has a very important provisions regarding the role of women, the proportion of positions that have to be assigned to women. South Sudan, as well as other countries in this kind of this situation, can achieve durable peace only if there is a strong empowerment and involvement of civil society and the South Sudanese people in its diversity and entirety.”

The women called on the UN to increase the participation of women in peacekeeping in South Sudan, particularly in military roles, to build the capacity of counterparts in local security forces.

The USG held a working breakfast with women peacekeepers to understand the challenges of working in South Sudan, in a society where armed groups and political positions are dominated by men who do not always respect their role as peacebuilders. It’s also important for the UN to consider their specific needs when setting up missions, including adequate living conditions, and ensuring male colleagues to respect their roles and contribution.

SOUNDBITE (English) Geetha Pious, Head of UNMISS Field Office in Juba:
“If more and more leaders come to the UN at the senior level and they understand addressing these challenges and effectively deploy women in all aspects. I never think that a woman has to have only certain roles like, in the community, they can be a teacher, they can be a nurse, but no, they also have the same capacity as peacebuilders, and they are better peacebuilders and peace mediators in all aspects.”

The USG reiterated the strong commitment of the UN to gender parity at all levels of the organization to enhance its credibility, effectiveness, and impact on the lives of the people it serves.
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