SOUTH SUDAN / YOUTH CONSTITUION MAKING PROCESS

30-Nov-2021 00:03:09
With 70 percent of its population below 30 years of age and a peace deal in place, South Sudan has begun drafting its permanent constitution. A two-day workshop on the legislative priorities for youth brought together representatives from Juba. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / YOUTH CONSTITUION MAKING PROCESS
TRT: 03:09
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 30 NOVEMBER 2021, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN
SHOTLIST
1. Various shots, workshop
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Nancy Geri, Public Relations and Business Consultant:
“This is the very first of its kind, for such an opportunity to be given to youth to actually be able to create bills that will influence the rules and the laws of South Sudan. This is a great involvement for us as youth and, definitely, as women, and also as individuals who are part of the business community. We want to hear our voices; we want these amendments made to really help make our lives a lot easier.”
3. Various shots, workshop
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Daniel Mwaka, Radio Host and Youth Activist:
“This is important for me as a young person that I am able to express my views, I am able to understand exactly what constitution we want to have as South Sudanese and what are the contributions of young people. Especially, my views might represent the views of other young people who are not having access to be here."
5. Various shots, workshop
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Daniel Mwaka, Radio Host and Youth Activist:
“In all the processes, if you exclude the youth the problem will always come. But if you work together as stakeholders--the youth, the politicians and our leaders--we shall find a common ground where we shall sit together and agree on something.”
7. Various shots, workshop
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Mayen Deng Alier, Member, Transitional General Assembly, South Sudan:
“Well initially the youth were not effectively represented. You could look at the first constitution; their needs were not well inculcated in the constitution. But with this we have an opportunity to give our side of the story and how the governance of the country can be done with respect to the issues that are affecting the youth and how they can be implemented.”
9. Various shots, workshop
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Guy Bennett, Chief, Political Affairs, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“What we are aspiring to do is to take this discussion out of Juba and into the states, so the civic education process continues, and the nation understands the political processes that it is starting to undertake as part of the peace process and the start of national and state level governance structure.”
11. Wide shot, workshop
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With 70 percent of its population below 30 years of age and a peace deal in place, South Sudan has begun drafting its permanent constitution. A two-day workshop on the legislative priorities for youth brought together representatives from Juba.

Young people’s participation in political and peace processes, remains more necessary than ever, and thus, the National Youth Platform was created to harness advocacy efforts to include young people’s voices in creating policies that empower them plus ensure their holistic development.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nancy Geri, Public Relations and Business Consultant:
“This is the very first of its kind, for such an opportunity to be given to youth to actually be able to create bills that will influence the rules and the laws of South Sudan. This is a great involvement for us as youth and, definitely, as women, and also as individuals who are part of the business community. We want to hear our voices; we want these amendments made to really help make our lives a lot easier.”

Radio host and youth activist Daniel Mwaka found the workshop to be meaningful.

SOUNDBITE (English) Daniel Mwaka, Radio Host and Youth Activist:
“This is important for me as a young person that I am able to express my views, I am able to understand exactly what constitution we want to have as South Sudanese and what are the contributions of young people. Especially, my views might represent the views of other young people who are not having access to be here."

SOUNDBITE (English) Daniel Mwaka, Radio Host and Youth Activist:
“In all the processes, if you exclude the youth the problem will always come. But if you work together as stakeholders--the youth, the politicians and our leaders--we shall find a common ground where we shall sit together and agree on something.”

Such workshops are necessary for young people to come together and identify issues and challenges that impact them directly. More importantly, it gives rise to solutions from within the youth community for their problems, promoting local ownership of legislation.

SOUNDBITE (English) Mayen Deng Alier, Member, Transitional General Assembly, South Sudan:
“Well initially the youth were not effectively represented. You could look at the first constitution; their needs were not well inculcated in the constitution. But with this we have an opportunity to give our side of the story and how the governance of the country can be done with respect to the issues that are affecting the youth and how they can be implemented.”

UNMISS aspires to continue engaging the larger population and familiarize them on the need for all citizens to be involved in constitution-making.

SOUNDBITE (English) Guy Bennett, Chief, Political Affairs, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“What we are aspiring to do is to take this discussion out of Juba and into the states, so the civic education process continues, and the nation understands the political processes that it is starting to undertake as part of the peace process and the start of national and state level governance structure.”

Youth are powerful change agents across the globe. The world’s newest nation is no exception.
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