SOUTH SUDAN / GENDER WORKSHOP

17-Sep-2021 00:05:50
In South Sudan, the signing of the peace deal in 2018 not only ushered in an era of renewed hope across this war-torn country but also included a very special provision—35 per cent representation for women across in political decision-making. Three years later, much remains to be done to ensure that these numbers are attained. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / GENDER WORKSHOP
TRT: 5:50
SOURCE: UNMISS
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 15 SEPTEMBER 2021, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN / FILE
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FILE – 2018, ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA

1. Various shots, signing of peace agreement in Addis Ababa

FILE – 2020, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

2. Various shots, swearing in of government officials

15 SEPTEMBER 2021, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

3. Various shots, participants in national gender sensitivity workshop
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Tigist Melka, Gender Affairs Officer, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“It’s very crucial that they get together because we realized that following recent appointments, different appointments at the national and sub-national level in the political positions in South Sudan, the 35 per cent affirmative action which is provided for in the peace agreement has actually not been met."
5. Various shots, participants in national gender sensitivity workshop
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Adut Daniel Chol, Lawyer:
“Women should also work hard to collaborate and network with each other. Women in higher positions and women at the grassroots level, and also the young women activists and lawyers, so that we can close the gap and work in harmony as women of South Sudan.”
7. Various shots, human rights defender presenting
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Sarah Ajith, Member, Support for Women in Governance Organization
“Because women’s issues are so many, and we women, sometimes, we expect men to address our issues. And we need to address our issues. We have to be very articulated to our issues because when we address our issues, we can reach a solution. We have women who are actually educated, women who are graduates, and those ones, they can actually participate in public life.”
9. Various shots, group session
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Ayaa Irene, Female Journalists Network
“As the media, we have recommended that the media should create programmes that gear at promoting women’s participation and representation. So those programmes should be created on different radios, whereby women can use these programmes as a platform to share their views. We also recommended profiling women’s stories. Whereby women leaders’ profiles can be published, and this can enhance and amplify the good work that women are doing; to make it known to the public and to decision makers.”
11. Various shots, group session
STORYLINE
In South Sudan, the signing of the peace deal in 2018 not only ushered in an era of renewed hope across this war-torn country but also included a very special provision—35 per cent representation for women across in political decision-making. Three years later, much remains to be done to ensure that these numbers are attained.

The Gender Unit of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) recently organized a two-day workshop in Juba, in collaboration with civil society organizations, to bring together a cross-section of opinion-makers, women leaders as well as women journalists, lawyers and human rights defenders to not only identify specific barriers to this goal but also the role that each individual can play in breaking these down.

SOUNDBITE (English) Tigist Melka, Gender Affairs Officer, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“It’s very crucial that they get together because we realized that following recent appointments, different appointments at the national and sub-national level in the political positions in South Sudan, the 35 per cent affirmative action which is provided for in the peace agreement has actually not been met."

For participating lawyer, Adut Daniel Chol, key recommendations included women lawyers being part of the Revitalized National Constitutional Review Commission and participate fully in the ongoing permanent constitution-making process in this young country. But, more importantly, she feels that women should convene and connect with each other.

SOUNDBITE (English) Adut Daniel Chol, Lawyer:
“Women should also work hard to collaborate and network with each other. Women in higher positions and women at the grassroots level, and also the young women activists and lawyers, so that we can close the gap and work in harmony as women of South Sudan.”

For her part, human rights defender Sarah Ajith, said the wide spectrum of issues faced by women necessitate that everybody speaks up and speaks out for gender equality.

SOUNDBITE (English) Sarah Ajith, Member, Support for Women in Governance Organization
“Because women’s issues are so many, and we women, sometimes, we expect men to address our issues. And we need to address our issues. We have to be very articulated to our issues because when we address our issues, we can reach a solution. We have women who are actually educated, women who are graduates, and those ones, they can actually participate in public life.”

Similarly, for Ayaa Irene, a journalist, media programming tailored to raising awareness for gender equality and mainstreaming are key.

SOUNDBITE (English) Ayaa Irene, Female Journalists Network
“As the media, we have recommended that the media should create programmes that gear at promoting women’s participation and representation. So those programmes should be created on different radios, whereby women can use these programmes as a platform to share their views. We also recommended profiling women’s stories. Whereby women leaders’ profiles can be published, and this can enhance and amplify the good work that women are doing; to make it known to the public and to decision makers.”

Other recommendations for the media included continuous training for journalists to enable them to create gender-sensitive and gender transformative programming.

The workshop was facilitated by UNMISS in conjunction with the Female Journalists Network (FJN), the Federation of Female Lawyers in South Sudan (FIDA) and Support for Women in Governance (SWIGO). UNMISS said similar multi-stakeholder workshops will be organized at the sub-national level as well.
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