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UN deputy chief Amina Mohammed urged leaders in Somalia to prioritize the full implementation of the electoral agreement, to establish concrete mechanism to implement the 30 per cent quota of women’s participation, and to strengthen efforts for women’s protection from violence. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 28 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

28 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“I urge leaders to prioritize the full implementation of the electoral agreement, to establish concrete mechanism to implement the 30 per cent quota, and to strengthen efforts for women’s protection from violence, this includes equal access to justice for all women. Somalis cannot move their country forward and build trusting institutions and elections without women’s equal participation. Inclusive elections will lay the foundations for resilient, sustainable and inclusive country.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“Women themselves vocal ongoing obstacles. The ones they struggle to face access to financial support to hold campaigns, they also lack the political networks and the connections of their male peers. The political environment in general is not conducive to women representatives and many male leaders continue to promote male candidates. These challenges compounded by violence and discrimination. Women reported in some states, female candidates are unable to run campaign offices, a simple and effective way to prevent them from being elected.
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Shukria Dini, Co-founder and Executive Director, Somali Women’s Studies Centre:
“I would like to point out that the representation of women in political processes is a human right issue, a justice issue, a security issue, a peace issue, as well as a democratic issue. The challenges that women face in our society need more women’s voices and leaderships that can address them. We need more women leaders who are going to address those barriers that facing women. Women’s participation in political and electoral processes are critical in rebuilding transformative, peaceful and inclusive Somalia.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Shukria Dini, Co-founder and Executive Director, Somali Women’s Studies Centre:
“The ongoing electoral process provides an opportunity to improve women’s roles, representation and participation in politics. It is critical to deliver an inclusive election. Women’s representation and participation in election and political process are critical to realizing an inclusive society, increasing women’s influence in decision making over certain agenda and allocated resources.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11. Wide shot, Security Council Stakeout
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Geraldine Byrne Nason, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations:
“What urgent now is to identify concrete ways to translate commitment into practice and tangible actions. It is crucial that the election proceed without further delay. The people of Somalia need to have their voices heard. We also need immediate action to prevent, address and end impunity for the shocking levels of sexual and gender-based violence being suffered by Somali women and girls. Ensuring that women candidates can participate safely in politics without fear of violence or intimidation will be key to making progress.”
13. Wide shot, Security Council Stakeout

STORYLINE:

UN deputy chief Amina Mohammed urged leaders in Somalia to prioritize the full implementation of the electoral agreement, to establish concrete mechanism to implement the 30 per cent quota of women’s participation, and to strengthen efforts for women’s protection from violence.

Addressing the Security Council on her recent trip to the country today (28 Sep) in New York, the Deputy Secretary-General Mohammed reiterated, “Somalis cannot move their country forward and build trusting institutions and elections without women’s equal participation. Inclusive elections will lay the foundations for resilient, sustainable and inclusive country.”

Speaking about the women she met on her trip, Mohammed said, “women themselves vocal ongoing obstacles. The ones they struggle to face access to financial support to hold campaigns, they also lack the political networks and the connections of their male peers.”

She continued, “the political environment in general is not conducive to women representatives and many male leaders continue to promote male candidates,” adding that “these challenges compounded by violence and discrimination. Women reported in some states, female candidates are unable to run campaign offices, a simple and effective way to prevent them from being elected.

Shukria Dini, Co-founder and Executive Director at Somali Women’s Studies Centre spoke to the Council Member via a video link.

She pointed out that “the representation of women in political processes is a human right issue, a justice issue, a security issue, a peace issue, as well as a democratic issue.”

Dini continued, “the challenges that women face in our society need more women’s voices and leaderships that can address them. We need more women leaders who are going to address those barriers that facing women. Women’s participation in political and electoral processes are critical in rebuilding transformative, peaceful and inclusive Somalia.”

She also highlighted, “the ongoing electoral process provides an opportunity to improve women’s roles, representation and participation in politics.”

Dini continued, “it is critical to deliver an inclusive election. Women’s representation and participation in election and political process are critical to realizing an inclusive society, increasing women’s influence in decision making over certain agenda and allocated resources.”

Before the Council’s meeting, Irish Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason told reporters, “what urgent now is to identify concrete ways to translate commitment into practice and tangible actions.”

The Irish Ambassador reiterated, “it is crucial that the election proceed without further delay. The people of Somalia need to have their voices heard.”

She added, “we also need immediate action to prevent, address and end impunity for the shocking levels of sexual and gender-based violence being suffered by Somali women and girls. Ensuring that women candidates can participate safely in politics without fear of violence or intimidation will be key to making progress.”
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