VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN / ADVANCER

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UNIFEM issues a call to action to tackle a "pandemic" of violence affecting almost three quarters of women at some point in their lives. International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is 25 November 2009. UNIFEM / UNTV / FILE

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STORY: VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN / ADVANCER
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SOURCE: UNTV / UNIFEM / UNICEF / UNFPA / WORLD BANK / UNAMID / MONUC / VIRTUE PRODUCTIONS
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / SPANISH / NATS

DATELINE: 13 NOVEMBER 2009, NEW YORK CITY / 6 NOVEMBER 2009, NAIROBI, KENYA / FILE


SHOTLIST:

UNIFEM – NOVEMBER 2009, NAIROBI, KENYA

1. Wide shot, exterior Kenyatta National Hospital
2. Various shots, inside hospital
3. Med shot, hospital corridor showing Gender-Based Violence Recovery Center sign
4. Med shot, Dr. Violet Okech speaking at support group
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Violet Okech, Sector Head, Gender-Based Violence Recovery Center:
“They had a disagreement because he wanted her to be bringing children for him to have sex with and she refused, and then after that he continued to threaten her and finally when she ran away from home with their three children, he continued to stalk and threaten her, threatened to stab her with a knife, and finally one day when she was leaving work he followed her to public transport and when she got off the public transport, he threw petrol on her and lit a match.”
6. Various shots, victim of petrol bombing by husband

UNIFEM – 6 NOVEMBER 2009, NAIROBI, KENYA

7. Various shots, UNIFEM Executive Director Ines Alberdi visiting Ngara Girls High School with Kenyan Minister of Gender and Social Development Esther Murugi
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Victim of rape during post-election violence:
“They raped me, two policemen, and the others were just standing.”
9. Wide shot, Alberdi with support group for victims of violence at Kenyatta hospital

UNIFEM – NOVEMBER 2009, NAIROBI, KENYA

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Victim of rape during post-election violence:
“I suffered for somebody else. I did not know anything. They just wanted to kill me for nothing. I did not do anything to anybody.”
11. Med shot, support group

FILE – UNTV – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

12. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

UNTV – 13 NOVEMBER 2009, NEW YORK CITY

13. Wide shot, Alberdi seated in studio
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Ines Alberdi, Executive Director, UNIFEM:
“Especially I was impressed by their strength, their decision to go over, to continue, to work and to continue to help their children, and to help other women.”

FILE – WORLD BANK – JANUARY 2009, VILNIUS, LITHUANIA

15. Wide shot, group therapy for battered women
16. Close up, abused woman

FILE - "STOLEN FACES" - VIRTUE PRODUCTIONS – NO ACCESS APTN LIBRARY – CAMBODIA, DATE UNKNOWN

17. Various shots, victims of acid attacks (mother and baby)

FILE – UNICEF – DATE UNKNOWN, RIO DE JANIERO, BRAZIL

18. Various shots, prostitutes in street

FILE – UNFPA – DATE UNKNOWN, BANGLADESH

19. Wide shot, 14-year old girl with her husband
20. Med shot, 14-year old girl holding her son

UNTV – 13 NOVEMBER 2009, NEW YORK CITY

21. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Ines Alberdi, Executive Director, UNIFEM:
“Seventy percent of women have, at some point in their lives, been victims of violence. Violence generally perpetrated by a close male; their father, their partner, their husband, a relative. These are awful statistics, but at the same time this very serious problem – historically very serious – has a solution.”

FILE – UNAMID – 14 MAY 2009, ABSHOUK CAMP, NORTH DARFUR, SUDAN

22. Wide shot, peacekeeper on armored personnel carrier

FILE - MONUC - 21 SEPTEMBER 2008, MASISI, NORTH KIVU PROVINCE, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

23. Tracking shot, women and children fleeing

FILE – UNTV - MARCH 2009, GOMA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

24. Wide shot, exterior Heal Africa hospital where victims of sexual violence are treated
25. Various shots, nurses tending to patients in Heal Africa hospital

UNTV – 13 NOVEMBER 2009, NEW YORK CITY

26. SOUNDBITE (English) Ines Alberdi, Executive Director, UNIFEM:
“Nowadays in a conflict situation, it’s more dangerous to be a woman than to be a soldier.”

FILE – UNICEF – 6 NOVEMBER 2008, ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA

27. Tracking shot, pregnant woman and mother walking in the street

FILE – UNICEF – DECEMBER 2008, MASERU, LESOTHO

28. Wide shot, pregnant woman waiting for care inside hospital

UNTV – 13 NOVEMBER 2009, NEW YORK CITY

29. SOUNDBITE (English) Ines Alberdi, Executive Director, UNIFEM:
“One in four pregnant women suffer in some moment violence from their partners. And it’s amazing, because it confronts all our ideas about the need to respect the maternity process.”

FILE – UNICEF – DECEMBER 2008, MASERU, LESOTHO

30. Close up, woman's pregnant stomach

FILE – UNICEF – SEPTEMBER 2008, CITE SOLEIL, HAITI

31. Wide shot, pregnant woman walking with friend

UNTV – 13 NOVEMBER 2009, NEW YORK CITY

32. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Ines Alberdi, Executive Director, UNIFEM:
“In Afghanistan, the situation of women is quite difficult and statistics about violence- principally domestic violence against women – are among the highest.”

FILE – UNTV – 15 -19 MAY 2009, HERAT PROVINCE, WESTERN AFGHANISTAN

33. Various shots, women at a shelter for abused women and girls

UNTV – 13 NOVEMBER 2009, NEW YORK CITY

34. SOUNDBITE (English) Ines Alberdi, Executive Director, UNIFEM:
“It’s not only the legislation. What is the level of knowledge of this legislation? What is the level of access to use this legislation?”

FILE – UNTV – 15 -19 MAY 2009, HERAT PROVINCE, WESTERN AFGHANISTAN

35. Various shots, women walking on street


STORYLINE:

Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi offers one of Kenya's only “one stop” programs to assist victims of sexual abuse, from emergency room care to free medicines to psycho-social counseling, legal advice and support group sessions.

The program was established with the help of the coalition on violence against women, a partner of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM).

Dr. Violet Okech, the psychiatrist who heads the gender-based violence recovery center here says one of the worst cases she has ever encountered was a woman who was burned by her husband.

SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Violet Okech, Sector Head, Gender-based Violence Recovery Center
“They had a disagreement because he wanted her to be bringing children for him to have sex with and she refused, and then after that he continued to threaten her and finally when she ran away from home with their three children, he continued to stalk and threaten her, threatened to stab her with a knife, and finally one day when she was leaving work he followed her to public transport and when she got off the public transport, he threw petrol on her and lit a match.”

Okech says that in Kenya many women are also sexually assaulted by people they do not know, when they are using public transport at night or have been carjacked.

At Kenyatta hospital, many of the women sharing their stories in support groups were raped during the post-election violence in early 2008.

SOUNDBITE (English) Victim of rape during post-election violence:
“They raped me, two policemen, and the others were just standing.”

UNIFEM Executive Director Ines Alberdi listened to the women’s terrible tales during a visit to Kenya earlier this month.

SOUNDBITE (English) Victim of rape during post-election violence:
“I suffered for somebody else. I did not know anything. They just wanted to kill me for nothing. I did not do anything to anybody.”

In an interview with UNifeed at UN headquarters in New York, Alberdi said that she was impressed and moved by hearing the women talk so openly about their experience.

SOUNDBITE (English) Ines Alberdi, Executive Director, UNIFEM:
“Especially I was impressed by their strength, their decision to go over, to continue, to work and to continue to help their children, and to help other women.”

Alberdi stressed that violence against women and girls is not restricted to poor countries, but is a problem of “pandemic proportions” around the world.
That’s why UNIFEM has launched a global call for action ahead of this year’s tenth anniversary of the observance of the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women on 25 November. It is meant to advance the objectives of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s campaign ‘UNiTE to End Violence against Women’ through social mobilization.

Among women aged 15–44, acts of violence cause more death and disability than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents and war combined, according to a UNIFEM fact sheet.

Women and girls constitute 80 percent of the estimated 800,000 people trafficked annually, with the majority trafficked for sexual exploitation.

More than 60 million girls, primarily in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, are married as child brides before they turn 18.

SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Ines Alberdi, Executive Director, UNIFEM:
“Seventy percent of women have, at some point in their lives, been victims of violence. Violence generally perpetrated by a close male; their father, their partner, their husband, a relative. These are awful statistics, but at the same time this very serious problem – historically very serious – has a solution.”

The worst place on Earth to be a woman today, Alberdi told UNifeed, is in a conflict zone.

In the war-torn East of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, at least 200,000 cases of sexual violence have been documented since 1996, according to UNICEF. The actual numbers are considered to be much higher.

SOUNDBITE (English) Ines Alberdi, Executive Director, UNIFEM:
“Nowadays in a conflict situation, it’s more dangerous to be a woman than to be a soldier.”

But sexual abuse is widespread even in peacetime. An estimated 150 million girls under 18 suffered some form of sexual violence in 2002 alone, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The extent of physical and sexual violence even during pregnancy, which increases the likelihood of having a miscarriage, stillbirth and abortion, is “amazing”, Alberdi said.

SOUNDBITE (English) Ines Alberdi, Executive Director, UNIFEM:
“One in four pregnant women suffer in some moment violence from their partners. And it’s amazing, because it confronts all our ideas about the need to respect the maternity process.”

Alberdi added that more resources and political will were needed to reduce maternal mortality, the slowest moving of the eight UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Asked about the situation of women in Afghanistan, the UNIFEM head painted a grim picture.

SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Ines Alberdi, Executive Director, UNIFEM:
“In Afghanistan, the situation of women is quite difficult and statistics about violence- principally domestic violence against women – are among the highest.”

Eighty percent of Afghan women suffer from domestic violence, she said. Recent legislation introduced by President Karzai was a step in the right direction, but in practice more needed to be done.

SOUNDBITE (English) Ines Alberdi, Executive Director, UNIFEM:
“It’s not only the legislation. What is the level of knowledge of this legislation? What is the level of access to use this legislation?”

Asked for her message to the new Afghan government with regard to women, Alberdi said she didn’t feel that women’s issues were currently a priority – but that they needed to be.
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