SOMALIA / WOMEN PEACE FORUM

30-Nov-2018 00:03:19
Hundreds of women from across Somalia gathered this week in the Somali capital Mogadishu to reaffirm their position and recommit themselves to peace, reconciliation and prevention of violent extremism. UNSOM
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STORY: SOMALIA / WOMEN PEACE FORUM
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SOURCE: UNSOM
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / SOMALI / NATS

DATELINE: 28 NOVEMBER 2018, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA
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1. Wide shot, women mingling outside Royal Palace Hotel
2. Med shot, men playing drums
3. Wide shot, women entering the meeting venue
4. Wide shot, women singing and dancing outside the venue
5. Med shot, women singing and clapping
6. Med shot, women singing
7. Wide shot, women dancing to the music
8. Close up shot, woman singing
9. Med shot, women singing on the podium
10. Wide shot, lady talking on the podium
11. Close up shot, lady listening
12. Med shot, Osman Adan Dhubow at the function
13. Wide shot, Osman Adan Dhubow and other guests at the function
14. Med shot, group of women listening
15. SOUNDBITE (Somali) Osman Adan Dhubow, Federal Deputy Minister Of Religious Affairs, Somalia:
“It is our God given right to resist what divides us. It is imperative that as women, you hold up to values that build, instead of values that destroy”.
16. Wide shot, group of women applauding
17. Med shot, women following proceedings during the forum
18. Med shot, women following proceedings during the forum
19. Wide shot, women listening during the forum
20. Med shot, women dancing to music
21. SOUNDBITE (English) Fartun Abdisalam Adan, Director of Elman Peace And Human Rights Foundation:
“Women really want to have peace; but to have reconciliation, is also very important. As women, when it comes to reconciliation, we are not in there. We might just talk but we are never involved. This is certainly a new beginning for Somali women to really be part of the reconciliation and to actually have peace in Somalia and that is very important to us.”
22. Wide shot, women singing and dancing
23. Med shot, women singing and dancing
24. Med shot, women watching
25. Med shot, women singing and dancing
26. Wide shot, women singing on stage
27. Med shot, woman performing on stage
28. Close up shot, a man following the proceedings
29. Wide shot, group of women dancing and singing
30. Med shot, group of women dancing and singing
31. Med shot, women looking on
32. Wide shot, group of women dancing and singing
STORYLINE
Hundreds of women from across Somalia gathered in the Somali capital Mogadishu to reaffirm their position and recommit themselves to peace, reconciliation and prevention of violent extremism.

The two-day Women’s Peace Forum, held on 28 and 29 November, witnessed peace songs and dancing, as participants from Galmudug, Puntland, South West, Jubbaland and HirShabelle states and Benadir region deliberated on ways of advancing peace efforts in the country.

Osman Adan Dhubow, Somalia’s Federal Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs asserted that it was Somalis’ “God given right to resist what divides” them. He said it was imperative that women “hold up to values that build, instead of values that destroy.”

Participants at the Forum discussed women’s role in preventing and countering violent extremism, as well as strategies that would enhance women’s participation in peace, security and reconciliation efforts. The Forum is a culmination of the country-wide consultations undertaken between July and November to determine strategies to enhance women’s role in these efforts consistent with the national reconciliation framework.

Fartun Abdisalam Adan, the Director of Elman Peace and Human Rights Foundation said women “really want to have peace; and to have reconciliation is also very important.” She said women talk about reconciliation “but we are never involved.” She added, “This is certainly a new beginning for Somali women to really be part of the reconciliation and to actually have peace in Somalia.”

The consultations and the peace fora have been women’s initiative led by Somali National Women’s Organization with the involvement and active engagement of women peace activists and advocates from across the country.

The Forum was supported by the Royal Netherlands Embassy and the United Nations. In 2000, the United Nations recognized the vital role that women can play in peace and security with the UN Security Council’s adoption of Security Council resolution 1325, which reaffirmed the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peace-building, peacekeeping, humanitarian response and in post-conflict reconstruction.
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