SOUTH SUDAN / INTERNATIONAL WOMEN DAY

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The signing of the peace deal in South Sudan ushered in an era of renewed hope for women in this war-torn country, not least because of the provision for 35 per cent representation in policy- and decision-making at the highest levels of governance. But as the world’s youngest nation enters the remaining 12 months of the transitional period, much remains to be done to ensure women and girls participate fully and equally in all spheres of life. UNMISS

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STORY: UNMISS / INTERNATIONAL WOMEN DAY
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DATELINE: 08 MARCH 2022, SOUTH SUDAN

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1. Wide, Women’s Day march
2. Med, UNMISS Female Peacekeepers on IWD march
3. Wide, UNMISS Female Peacekeepers in formation with signs
4. Close, sign being help by female Peacekeeper
5. SOUNDBITE [ENGLISH] ESTHER ELUZAI, Undersecretary, Government of South Sudan Ministry of General and Child Social Welfare:
“The objective of International Women’s Day is to offer a platform to reflect on our achievements and progress made but also acknowledging the challenges we encounter on our journey, whether it is a social journey, an economic journey, political journey, and also a cultural journey. It is an opportunity to raise awareness on women’s rights and gender equality in the Republic of South Sudan.”
6. Wide, Woman dancing in celebration in front of VIP’s
7. Med, VIPs, standing and dancing
8. SOUNDBITE [ENGLISH] MINAGAMO KAPE, Poet/Author:
“First of all, I would like to say that it is such an amazing time to be a woman, because looking at our society now, the gains that women have made, taking up spaces at different levels, from very high political level, and even we are taking up spaces at the grassroots level. It’s such an inspiring thing to be able to watch. But I also want to say that today, we’re not only celebrating the women here today. To me personally it’s an opportunity for us to celebrate even the women who came before us because they made it possible for us to be able to take up these spaces, they made it possible for us to grab all the opportunities that are here for us, and it’s also an opportunity to celebrate the women who come after us because everything we are doing now, we’re trying to pave a way for them to be able to live to their full potential.”
9. Wide, Audience
10. Close, Audience
SOUNDBITE [ENGLISH] Julie Kiwanuka, Protection, Transition and Reintegration Section, UNMISS:
It’s my pleasure to stand here this afternoon following two challenging years where practically women could not even come and sit in this room to celebrate as we are doing today. [CUT TO] On behalf of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, we wish to reiterate once again that we are committed to supporting the national government in promoting strategies that recognize the key roles played by women and girls in the evolving of a country.”
11. Med, Women seated clapping

STORYLINE:

The signing of the peace deal in South Sudan ushered in an era of renewed hope for women in this war-torn country, not least because of the provision for 35 per cent representation in policy- and decision-making at the highest levels of governance. But as the world’s youngest nation enters the remaining 12 months of the transitional period, much remains to be done to ensure women and girls participate fully and equally in all spheres of life.

On International Women’s Day, the UN family supported the Government of South Sudan in bringing together diverse stakeholders to celebrate women and take stock of where the country stands in the struggle to establish a gender-equal society.

SOUNDBITE [ENGLISH] ESTHER ELUZAI, Undersecretary, Government of South Sudan Ministry of General and Child Social Welfare:
“The objective of International Women’s Day is to offer a platform to reflect on our achievements and progress made but also acknowledging the challenges we encounter on our journey, whether it is a social journey, an economic journey, political journey, and also a cultural journey. It is an opportunity to raise awareness on women’s rights and gender equality in the Republic of South Sudan.”

South Sudanese women and girls have been disproportionately impacted by civil wars, climate change and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Sexual violence and underage marriages continue till date, greatly harming women’s capacity to fully engage in ongoing peace processes. However, all efforts are being made to harness the window of opportunity and capitalize on the country’s relative stability, to pursue gains in gender equality.

SOUNDBITE [ENGLISH] MINAGAMO KAPE, Poet/Author:
“First of all, I would like to say that it is such an amazing time to be a woman, because looking at our society now, the gains that women have made, taking up spaces at different levels, from very high political level, and even we are taking up spaces at the grassroots level. It’s such an inspiring thing to be able to watch. But I also want to say that today, we’re not only celebrating the women here today. To me personally it’s an opportunity for us to celebrate even the women who came before us because they made it possible for us to be able to take up these spaces, they made it possible for us to grab all the opportunities that are here for us, and it’s also an opportunity to celebrate the women who come after us because everything we are doing now, we’re trying to pave a way for them to be able to live to their full potential.”

Stirring speeches, awards, poetry recitals and an exhibition of colourful traditional handicrafts were the highlights of the event. But, most importantly, there was widespread acknowledgement of the essential contributions by women and girls if South Sudan wants to shape a sustainable peace and prosperous future for itself.

SOUNDBITE [ENGLISH] Julie Kiwanuka, Protection, Transition and Reintegration Section, UNMISS:
It’s my pleasure to stand here this afternoon following two challenging years where practically women could not even come and sit in this room to celebrate as we are doing today. [CUT TO] On behalf of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, we wish to reiterate once again that we are committed to supporting the national government in promoting strategies that recognize the key roles played by women and girls in the evolving of a country.”

UNMISS continues to lobby for gender equality across South Sudan by building capacities among local police, security actors, civil society, politicians, traditional leaders as well as community members.
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