SOMALIA / WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

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A new two-year US$ 6.2 million joint programme on Women, Peace and Protection (WPP) was launched in Mogadishu Tuesday (30 Nov) by the Government of Somalia and the United Nations. UNSOM

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STORY: SOMALIA / WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
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DATELINE: 30 NOVEMBER 2021, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

SHOTLIST:

1. Wide shot, launch of two-year 6.2 million US dollars joint programme on Women, Peace and Security (WPS)
2. Med shot, senior officers from the UN attending
3. Close up, Somalia’s Minister of Women and Human Rights Development, Hanifa Mohamed Ibrahim attending
4. Close up, notepad
5. Close up, participant taking notes
6. Wide shot, women leaders attending
7. Wide shot, launch of the joint project to empower women
8. Med shot, representatives of international partners
9. Med shot, woman leader speaking
10. Close up, Team Leader Stability, Security and Justice for the Foreign Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) of the United Kingdom, Graham Thomson, attending
11. Wide shot, UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia and the Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator, Adam Abdelmoula, speaking
12. Med shot, international partners
13. Close up, Somalia’s Minister of Women and Human Rights Development, Hanifa Mohamed Ibrahim.
14. Close up, participants attending
15. Close up, participant listening
16. Med shot, UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia and the Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator, Adam Abdelmoula, speaking
17. Med shot, participants
18. Close up, representative from the Swedish Embassy attending
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Adam Abdelmoula, UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia and Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator:
“It is public knowledge that women remain on the periphery of formal peace processes, and they are largely excluded from decision-making. If sustainable peace and stability were to be achieved, we need to address the incidents of violence and misogyny on the rise; the exclusion of Somali women in decision-making; and a myriad of challenges they are facing.”
20. Wide shot, participants attending
21. Close up, participants listening
22. Close up, participant listening
23. Wide shot, participants
24. SOUNDBITE (English) Adam Abdelmoula, UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia and Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator:
“I am confident that the government, civil society, donors and the UN will work together to implement this joint programme and improve the inclusion and participation of Somali women in peace negotiations, as well as in parliament, judiciary and security sector institutions.”
25. Close up, Somalia’s Minister of Women and Human Rights Development, Hanifa Mohamed Ibrahim
26. Close up, Team Leader Stability, Security and Justice for the Foreign Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) of the United Kingdom, Graham Thomson, speaking
27. Close up, participants listening
28. Med shot, participants
29. Close up, federal minister from Jubaland
30. Close up, participants
31. SOUNDBITE (English) Graham Thomson, Team Leader, Stability, Security and Justice for the Foreign Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO), United Kingdom:
“We fully endorse the Joint Programme’s focus on supporting women in Somalia as leaders and change makers, and the promotion of women-led organizations to build peace and support women’s protection. Our support to women-led organizations must be given in a sustainable way that recognizes the role they play every day in the protection of women and girls across Somalia.”
32. Med shot, participants
33. Wide shot, participants attending the launch
34. Close up, UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia and the Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator, Adam Abdelmoula
35. Close up, participant.
36. SOUNDBITE (Somali) Hanifa Mohamed Ibrahim, Minister of Women and Human Rights Development, Somalia:
“Somali women are the majority in this country and they normally face many human rights violations and so in order to get a mechanism to help prevent those violations against them there is need to put up legislative measures to curb those violations in line with the UN Resolution 1325 and so that is how this joint programme came into existence and before today’s launch we consulted with various women stakeholders in Benadir region and the Federal Member States.”
37. Med shot, UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia and the Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator, Adam Abdelmoula, signing
38. Close up, Somalia’s Minister of Women and Human Rights Development, Hanifa Mohamed Ibrahim, signing
39. Close up, UN official signing
40. Close up, Team Leader Stability, Security and Justice for the Foreign Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) of the United Kingdom, Graham Thomson, signing
41. SOUNDBITE (Somali) Ifrah Ahmed, Women Activist, Mogadishu:
“This project launched here today is a program that targets to support and help us partake in politics and security matters. It is very important for us women to do that in order to be part and parcel of the national dialogue and for us to know our strength in numbers so that we can, decisively be visible in politics and also take part in security matters.”
42. Wide shot, participants group photo

STORYLINE:

A new two-year US$ 6.2 million joint programme on Women, Peace and Protection (WPP) was launched in Mogadishu Tuesday (30 Nov) by the Government of Somalia and the United Nations.

This programme will support women’s meaningful participation in peace, security and development in the effort to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The ceremony was attended by international partners, representatives of Federal Member States and civil society, including representatives of persons with disabilities.

Jointly funded by the Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) and the Somalia Multi Partner Trust Fund (MPTF), the programme seeks to strengthen the capacity of institutions and women-led grassroot organisations to address fundamental issues affecting rights of women, sustainable peace and reconciliation in Somalia.

Under the leadership of the Federal Ministry of Women and Human Rights Development (MoWHRD)), the programme will be implemented jointly by UN Women and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).

In his remarks at the launch, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Adam Abdelmoula, noted that the new programme seeks to ensure the full and equal participation of Somali women in all spheres of life, including political decision-making, security, development and human rights issues.

“It is public knowledge that women remain on the periphery of formal peace processes, and they are largely excluded from decision-making. If sustainable peace and stability were to be achieved, we need to address the rise in incidents of violence and misogyny; the exclusion of Somali women from decision-making; and a myriad of challenges they are facing,” Abdelmoula said.

“I am confident that the government, civil society, donors and the UN will work together to implement this joint programme and improve the inclusion and participation of Somali women in peace negotiations as well as in parliament, judiciary and security sector institutions,” Abdelmoula added.

Somalia’s Minister of Women and Human Rights Development, Hanifa Mohamed Ibrahim, and Team Leader Stability, Security and Justice for the Foreign, Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) of the United Kingdom, Graham Thomson, also spoke at the event.

Minister Hanifa expressed optimism that the new WPP programme will deliver its objectives, given that it is a product of wide consultations of stakeholders across the country.

“Somali women are the majority in this country, and they normally face many human rights violations. And so, in order to get a mechanism to help prevent those violations against them, there is [a] need to put up legislative measures in line with UN [Security Council] Resolution 1325. And so, that is how this joint programme came into existence, and before today’s launch, we held wide consultations with various women stakeholders in Benadir region and the Federal Member States,” the Minister noted.

“We fully endorse the Joint Programme’s focus on supporting women in Somalia as leaders and change makers, and the promotion of women-led organisations to build peace and support women’s protection” said Graham Thomson from the United Kingdom’s FCDO.

“Our support to women-led organisations must be given in a sustainable way that recognises the role they play every day in the protection of women and girls across Somalia,” he added.

Women in Somalia welcomed the WPP programme, expressing hope that it will help address perennial problems preventing them from achieving their full potential.

“This project launched here today is a programme that targets to support and help us partake in politics and security matters. It is very important for us women to do that in order to be part and parcel of the national dialogue and for us to know our strength in numbers so that we can decisively be visible in politics and also take part in security matters,” women activist, Ifrah Ahmed from Mogadishu said.

Somalia is holding national elections, and the country has set a minimum benchmark of 30 per cent women’s representation in the Parliament to improve participation of Somali women in decision making and politics.
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