SOUTH SUDAN / HUMAN RIGHTS WOMEN

06-Dec-2016 00:01:41
As part of the 16 Days of Activism, the Human Rights Division of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) hosted a women’s dialogue looking at the right to education especially in areas of conflict and post conflict areas, and at how disparities because of conflict, violence, and economic equality result in women and girls not gaining access to education. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / HUMAN RIGHTS WOMEN
TRT: 01:57
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 06 DECEMBER 2016, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN
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1. Wide shot, women seated for dialogue
2. Close up, woman focused on speaker
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Saadia Aleem, UNMISS Human Rights Officer:
“Most of this is really going to be a dialogue among the women. We are going to ask them to identify some of the major problems and some of the major problems facing South Sudan and ask them to come up with concrete suggestions. Suggestions related to how families interact, how communities interact. Specific suggestions from what they want from the Government, from what they want from the international community to help actually create an environment that will allow for safe education for all especially women and children.”
4. Wide shot, Women seated for dialogue
5. Med shot, OTS, Man taking notes
6. Med shot, Acting Director of Education addressing women
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Emilia Konga, Acting Director, State Ministry of Education, Gender and Social Welfare:
“Women have been sitting at home hiding things even if their husbands beat them they tend to pretend that they are OK in their houses but they are not OK. This dialogue will help us because today we know women will come up with a lot of issues that they are facing in their homes and we also want them to at least give us recommendations so that the Government and the UN will help us implement.”
8. Med shot, acting Director Emilia Konga speaking to Anthony Nwapa
9. Wide shot, Human Rights Officer Anthony Nwapa addressing the women
10. Med shot, woman talking
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As part of the 16 Days of Activism, the Human Rights Division of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) hosted a women’s dialogue looking at the right to education especially in areas of conflict and post conflict areas, and at how disparities because of conflict, violence, and economic equality result in women and girls not gaining access to education.

These gender disparities and not being able to access education create very real consequences that affect women’s rights to be safe, according to Saadia Aleem, UNMISS Human Rights Officer. She said the dialogue was necessary during these 16 days so that they could identify the issues women face because of this.

SOUNDBITE (English) Saadia Aleem, UNMISS Human Rights Officer:
“Most of this is really going to be a dialogue among the women. We are going to ask them to identify some of the major problems and some of the major problems facing South Sudan and ask them to come up with concrete suggestions. Suggestions related to how families interact, how communities interact. Specific suggestions from what they want from the Government, from what they want from the international community to help actually create an environment that will allow for safe education for all especially women and children.”

The women present for the dialogue are a cross section of South Sudanese society and at the end of the dialogue will be asked to write down a list of concrete recommendations in four categories; recommendations for the family, recommendations for the Community at large, recommendations for the Government, and recommendations for the International Community.

Acting Director, State Ministry of Education, Gender, and Social Welfare, Emilia Konga said that culture is South Sudanese women’s biggest enemy. She said because of their culture women decide to hide the abuses they experience but she has hope that this dialogue will change things.

SOUNDBITE (English) Emilia Konga, Acting Director, State Ministry of Education, Gender and Social Welfare:
“Women have been sitting at home hiding things even if their husbands beat them they tend to pretend that they are OK in their houses but they are not OK. This dialogue will help us because today we know women will come up with a lot of issues that they are facing in their homes and we also want them to at least give us recommendations so that the Government and the UN will help us implement.”

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence is observed every year from November 25th to December 10th to encourage the end of violence towards girls and women in the world.
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