CAR / FEMALE DRIVERS

08-Mar-2021 00:04:38
International Women's Day is celebrated every year on March 8 around the world. In the Central African Republic, the UN peacekeeping mission (MINUSCA) celebrated the female drivers in their transportation section. MINUSCA
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STORY: CAR / FEMALE DRIVERS
TRT: 04:38
SOURCE: MINUSCA
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: FRENCH / NATS

DATELINE: 06 MARCH 2021, BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICA REPUBLIC
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1. Various shots, UN buses in the parking lot
2. Various shots, female drovers during a meeting
3. Various shots, driver Mazima Yolande entering transport bus
4. Various shots, Yolande operating bus through town route
5. SOUNDBITE (French) Mazima Yasseko Yoland, Dispatch Driver:
"Quand j’étais encore à la maison, je me suis demande mais qu’est-ce que j’aime bien faire et qu’est-ce que je sais bien faire, pour faire un travail il faut d’abord aimer ce qu’on fait et maintenant être appuyer par ce qui sont autour de nous, alors je me suis dis-je conduit très bien , alors pourquoi ne pas faire de la conduite en métier. C’est là que je me suis lance dans la conduite.et Dieu merci arriver ici j’ai eu un superviseur dame qui m’s encourage dès qu’on m’a appelé pour l’entretien, elle m’a dit ça lui fais Plaisir d’avoir une dame au service dispatch parce que depuis ce temps je ne fais que gérer des hommes."
"When I was still at home, I wondered, but what do I like to do and what do I do well, to do a job you have to first love what you do and now be supported by what is around us, so I told myself I drive very well, so why not do driving in a trade. that's when I started the conduite.et thank God I got a lady supervisor who encourages me for the interview, she told me it makes her happy to have a lady in the dispatch department because since that time I've only managed men."
6. Various shots, female bus driver Mouno Koisset Olivia, navigating bus through town
7. SOUNDBITE (French) Mouno Koisset Olivia, Dispatch Driver:
"Ce qui est sûr, on trouve beaucoup d’obstacles, par exemples présentement ici à Bangui il Ya manque de la priorité (panneaux), je peux dire, et avec l’histoire des taxis-motos ils ne respectent même pas la priorité , donc quand tu n’es pas vraiment prudente ou vigilante tu vas faire beaucoup d’accidents. »
"There are many obstacles, for example currently here in Bangui there is lack of stop signs. I can say, and with the history of motorcycle taxis they do not even respect the stop signs, so when you are not really careful or vigilant you will make a lot of accidents.”
8. Various shots, Yolande operating the bus through Bangui, the capital city
9. SOUNDBITE (French) Mazima Yasseko Yolande, Dispatch Driver :
"Pour cette journée mon objectif c’est de réfléchir sur comment encourager ceux qui ne sont pas encore motiver à se lancer dans les activités et ensuite par rapport à moi-même comment orienter ma carrière en tant que conductrice."
"For this Day, my goal is to think about how to encourage those who are not yet motivated to get into the activities and then in relation to myself how to orient my career as a driver."
10. Various shots, Feizoure Komboy driving bus through town
11. Wide shot, UN buses in town
12. SOUNDBITE (French) Feizoure Komboy, Dispatch Driver:
"Les gens qui doutaient de notre capacite, eux c’est à leur tour maintenant d’être fier de nous, parce qu’on a pas baisser les bras et on avait aussi une femme qui est notre superviseur qui nous a beaucoup aider dans les taches, pour nous pousser à ne pas baisser les Bra, donc aujourd’hui, ceux qui doutaient de nous ils sont plus fier de nous parce qu’on a pas baisser les bras.”
“People who doubted our ability, it's their turn now to be proud of us, because we didn't give up and we also had a woman who is our supervisor who helped us a lot in the spots, to push us not to give up the bra, so today, those who doubted us they are more proud of us because we did not give up.”
13. Various shots, Doyemet Christelle driving UN passengers through Bangui neighborhoods
14. SOUNDBITE (French) Doyemet Christelle, Dispatch Driver:
"Je prends ce moment pour leur dire, de ne pas écouter surtout de ne pas suivre ce que les gens disent. Les femmes et les hommes sont égaux, ce que les hommes peuvent faire les femmes aussi peuvent faire, avant c’était que les hommes qui conduisent mais maintenant y a aussi les femmes qui conduisent, donc je dirais aux autres aussi de venir faire comme moi.”
"I take this moment to tell them, not to listen especially not to follow what people say. Women and men are equal, what men can do women also can do, before it was that men who drive but now there are also women who drive, so I would say to others also to come and do like me.”
15. Various shots, UN passengers inside bus as the drivers navigate through various destinations
STORYLINE
International Women's Day is celebrated every year on March 8 around the world. In the Central African Republic, the UN peacekeeping mission (MINUSCA) celebrated the female drivers in their transportation section.

Mazima Yasseko Yolande tells us why she became a driver.

SOUNDBITE (French) Mazima Yasseko Yoland, Dispatch Driver:
"When I was still at home, I wondered, but what do I like to do and what do I do well, to do a job you have to first love what you do and now be supported by what is around us, so I told myself I drive very well, so why not do driving in a trade. that's when I started the conduite.et thank God I got a lady supervisor who encourages me for the interview, she told me it makes her happy to have a lady in the dispatch department because since that time I've only managed men."

There are more than 7 drivers employed in MINUSCA. The female drivers rotate in shifts, drive large buses, and commute to and from the homes and workplaces of UN staff members. Two of the female drivers talk about the difficulties they have encountered in their careers.

SOUNDBITE (French) Mouno Koisset Olivia, Dispatch Driver:
"There are many obstacles, for example currently here in Bangui there is lack of stop signs. I can say, and with the history of motorcycle taxis they do not even respect the stop signs, so when you are not really careful or vigilant you will make a lot of accidents.”

For these young female drivers, International Women's Day is an opportunity to reflect on a better future. One of the female drivers is a testimony to this.

SOUNDBITE (French) Mazima Yasseko Yolande, Dispatch Driver :
"For this Day, my goal is to think about how to encourage those who are not yet motivated to get into the activities and then in relation to myself how to orient my career as a driver."

According to some female drivers, many people think that driving is only for men. This is a reasoning that the gender concept has called into question.

SOUNDBITE (French) Feizoure Komboy, Dispatch Driver:
“People who doubted our ability, it's their turn now to be proud of us, because we didn't give up and we also had a woman who is our supervisor who helped us a lot in the spots, to push us not to give up the bra, so today, those who doubted us they are more proud of us because we did not give up.”

Doyemet Christelle takes this opportunity to appeal to other women.

SOUNDBITE (French) Doyemet Christelle, Dispatch Driver:
"I take this moment to tell them, not to listen especially not to follow what people say. Women and men are equal, what men can do women also can do, before it was that men who drive but now there are also women who drive, so I would say to others also to come and do like me.”

Covid-19 obliged drivers to respect the measures enacted by the Central African government, including social distancing in the bus, the use of hydro-alcoholic gel and especially the obligatory wearing of masks in the bus
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