SOUTH SUDAN / INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

08-Mar-2019 00:02:36
On the eve of the International Women’s Day, the women in South Sudan celebrated the promise of peace but had also called for recognition of the importance of their role in the country’s future and a closing of the gender gap. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
TRT: 2:36
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/ NATS

DATELINE: 07 MARCH 2019, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN
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1. Various shots, female students dancing to music
2. Wide shot, panel members at discussion
3. Wide shot, student asking question to panel members
4. Wide shot, members of diplomatic community seated listening
5. Med shot, Kumba, Acting Secretary General for SPLM seated
6. Wide shot, students
7.SOUNDBITE (English) Jemma Nunu Kumba, Acting Secretary General for Sudan People’s Liberation Movement:
“While we recognize all the work that has been done and how far we have gone, we still also acknowledge that there is still a lot that has to be done in order to expedite the narrowing of gender gap, because I believe women as the majority of our societies have a lot to offer in order to accelerate our development processes, in South Sudan and elsewhere. So, to the women of South Sudan, I salute them and urge them to continue with their resilience and persistence in ensuring that they take their space of leadership in business and in the political arena.”
8. Wide shot, discussions
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Unaisi Vuniwaqa, Police Commissioner, UNMISS:
“Gender equality and women’s empowerment and women’s meaningful participation are not benefits to the women only, or girls only, but it’s a benefit to the whole community, to the girls, to the families and to the societies as a whole. They are to make peace and development to insure inclusive and diverse to cater different needs and priorities. So, let us continue to work together to close the gender gap, let us build our support for gender provisions for the peace agreement and advocate that more women will be appointed to the promised quotas.”
10. Close up, students listening
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Mary Faida, Student, Catholic University:
“My message outside there is that there are those women who are still hiding down that we are weak, we are oppressed and all that. You should just stand up for your right. It is something that is yours, so you have to get it, and the men – you have to grant women their rights, you should not put them down, because they are also human beings and they have rights.”
12. Wide shot, group posing for photo
STORYLINE
As they dance, close to 400 other university students and guests who have come to listen to a panel discussing the role of women in South Sudan’s Peace process cheer them on, while a handful join in the dance.

Speaker after speaker lend their voice to the call to progress the role of women in ensuring that peace prevails in the world’s youngest nation, with the guest of honour urging the narrowing of the gap between women and men in South Sudan.

SOUNDBITE (English) Jemma Nunu Kumba, Acting Secretary General for Sudan People’s Liberation Movement:
“While we recognize all the work that has been done and how far we have gone, we still also acknowledge that there is still a lot that has to be done in order to expedite the narrowing of gender gap, because I believe women as the majority of our societies have a lot to offer in order to accelerate our development processes, in South Sudan and elsewhere. So, to the women of South Sudan, I salute them and urge them to continue with their resilience and persistence in ensuring that they take their space of leadership in business and in the political arena.”

South Sudan’s women have suffered immensely from the years of conflict, with many entrapped by cultural practices which perpetuate violence and inequalities against many women. But as they mark Women’s Day, with a national theme echoing the need to ‘Think Equal: Make 35% + Count for Women’s Participation’ - they are also challenged to fight for their rights.

SOUNDBITE (English) Unaisi Vuniwaqa, Police Commissioner, UNMISS:
“Gender equality and women’s empowerment and women’s meaningful participation are not benefits to the women only or girls only but it’s a benefit to the whole community, to the girls, to the families and to the societies as a whole. They are to make peace and development to insure inclusive and diverse to cater different needs and priorities. So let us continue to work together to close the gender gap, let us build our support for gender provisions for the peace agreement and advocate that more women will be appointed to the promised quotas.”

A peace agreement signed in September calls for a 35 percent participation of women at all levels of governance. Women are encouraging each other to increase their capacity to take leadership roles in development and peace building.

SOUNDBITE (English) Mary Faida, student, Catholic University
“My message outside there is that there are those women who are still hiding down - that we are weak, we are oppressed and all that. You should just stand up for your right. It is something that is yours, so you have to get it, and the men – you have to grant women their rights, you should not put them down, because they are also human beings and they have rights.”

The global celebration of International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.
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