UN / AFRICA WOMEN PEACE AND SECURITY

04-Nov-2019 00:02:54
Upon returning from her joint mission with the African Union (AU) on women peace and security in the Horn of Africa, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told the Security Council that “the chance for peace in this region is real” and the international community, together with Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea and Djibouti, “can find lasting solutions to the complex challenges of the region.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 04 NOVEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

04 NOVEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina Jane Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“The chance for peace in this region is very real. The international community together with these countries can find lasting solutions to the complex challenges of the region. Each country is moving at its own pace through a process of reform and transformation. And in all countries, women are playing critical leadership role in social cohesion, economic revival, and peace.”
4. Med shot, Mohamed at the dais
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina Jane Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“Ethiopia now has its first woman President and half its government ministers are women. Together they hold some of the most significant decision-making portfolios in the country. The President is leading efforts at social cohesion, and women serve as Ministers of Peace, of Labour and Infrastructure, and are at the helm of the National Election Commission and the Supreme Court.”
6. Wide shot, Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina Jane Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“In Somalia, we met with the Prime Minister and dynamic female ministers who are introducing reforms to address the challenges of women’s low representation in political life. We heard from women in civil society, on the front lines of preventing the spread of violent extremism. We also met with the head of the National Independent Electoral Commission, who has a challenging task ahead of her. Our efforts in Somalia must prioritize financial support to free, fair and inclusive elections next year, as well as to the national development priorities of the government including debt relief.”
8. Med shot, delegates
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina Jane Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“In Sudan I met some of the women who were the engine of the revolution and are now demanding equality and social inclusion across all strata of society. All of this reinforces the need for us to question our own narrative and mindsets. I saw in this region some of the fastest growing economies on the continent, with rich natural resources, extraordinary capacity particularly among their youth, and genuine reforms. These are the elements that we need to support, and the narrative we need to share.”
10. Med shot, delegates
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Fatima Kyari Mohammed, Permanent Observer of the African Union to the United Nations:
“Women's aspirations and initiatives that we heard and saw in our interactions across the four countries provide a clear basis to reaffirm that women's participation is imperative if we want to deliver on our commitments. Substantive support to their organizations and projects, continued engagement with Member States to create the conducive environment for women participation in arena where decisions are made, at all levels, from grass root to higher offices should be prioritized.”
12. Wide shot, Council
STORYLINE
Upon returning from her joint mission with the African Union (AU) on women peace and security in the Horn of Africa, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed today (4 Nov) told the Security Council that “the chance for peace in this region is real” and the international community, together with Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea and Djibouti, “can find lasting solutions to the complex challenges of the region.”

In all countries, Mohammed said, “women are playing a critical leadership role in social cohesion, economic revival, and peace.”

Ethiopia, she noted, “now has its first woman President and half its government ministers are women.” President Sahle-Work Zewde, she added, “is leading efforts at social cohesion, and women serve as Ministers of Peace, of Labour and Infrastructure, and are at the helm of the National Election Commission and the Supreme Court.”

In Somalia, the Deputy Secretary-General said, “dynamic female ministers” are introducing reforms “to address the challenges of women’s low representation in political life.”

Having met with Somalia’s head of the National Independent Electoral Commission, Halima Ismail, she said “our efforts in Somalia must prioritize financial support to free, fair and inclusive elections next year, as well as to the national development priorities of the government
including debt relief.”

Following the joint mission to the Horn of Africa, the Deputy Secretary-General travelled to Sudan, where she met authorities and women’s civil society activists.

She said, “women who were the engine of the revolution and are now demanding equality and social inclusion across all strata of society.”

Mohammed stated that this region has “some of the fastest growing economies on the continent, with rich natural resources, extraordinary capacity particularly among their youth, and genuine reforms.”

She urged the Security Council, and the international community, to assist to identify concrete actions to be delivered over the next three months, while addressing the mid and long-term opportunities necessary for lasting peace.

Also addressing the Council, the Permanent Observer of the AU to the United Nations, Fatima Kyari Mohammed, said “women's aspirations and initiatives that we heard and saw in our interactions across the four countries provide a clear basis to reaffirm that women's participation is imperative if we want to deliver on our commitments.”

She said, “substantive support to their organizations and projects, continued engagement with Member States to create the conducive environment for women participation in arena where decisions are made, at all levels, from grass root to higher offices should be prioritized.”

Mohammed joined the Deputy Secretary-General during the Horn of Africa leg of the mission.
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