SOUTH SUDAN / PRISONS GENDER VIOLENCE

30-Sep-2022 00:04:25
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) recently organized a three-day capacity building conference for personnel of South Sudan’s National Prisons Service on how other UN member states are promoting gender equality and working to reduce sexual and gender-based violence by implementing institutional and prison service reforms. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / PRISONS GENDER VIOLENCE
TRT: 04:56
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 23 SEPTEMBER 2022, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN
SHOTLIST
1. Various shots, National Prison Service of South Sudan (NPSSS)
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Aidah Chemei Mnyolmo, Rule of Law and Security Institutions Support Office, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“Prison officers are often responsible for dealing with some of the most vulnerable categories of people in the country. By choosing to train them, we are actually promoting the issues related to peace within South Sudan.”
3. Med shot, workshop participants
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Aidah Chemei Mnyolmo, Rule of Law and Security Institutions Support Office, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“Making the condition more humane for them is actually important.”
5. Various shots, NPSSS officers sitting
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Aidah Chemei Mnyolmo, Rule of Law and Security Institutions Support Office, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“It is very important that the issues of gender are spoken about and that they are discussed with the community. That starts with the prison officers themselves, as they also belong to the community and handle the most vulnerable people in our society.”
7. Various shots, officers listening
8. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Major Samia Mahad Mohmand, National Prison Service of South Sudan-(NPSSS):
“In this workshop we have learnt a lot. Cooperation or women rights or men’s rights or equality between men and women in the workshop we just had. We learnt about how to handle inmates and the way to search female inmates and also how we can encourage them.”
9. Various shots, NPSSS in the hall
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Major General Redento Tangun, Director of Public Relations, National Prison Service of South Sudan (NPSSS):
“You are our true partner, Gender affairs and child protection units of UNMISS are our true partners, because in our prisons we have women and we have children, we call them vulnerable groups.”
11. Various shots of NPSSS delegates in the hall
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Arua Makeu, National Prison Service of South Sudan (NPSSS):
“The first thing we have learnt is ways in which we can better handle our inmates. We have learnt that these prisoners are human beings like us, and they deserve to be treated equally.”
13. Wide shot, workshop
STORYLINE
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) recently organized a three-day capacity building conference for personnel of South Sudan’s National Prisons Service on how other UN member states are promoting gender equality and working to reduce sexual and gender-based violence by implementing institutional and prison service reforms.

The workshop was under the theme "Gender Friendly Prison Service for Vulnerable Groups in Prison”.

SOUNDBITE (English) Aidah Chemei Mnyolmo, Rule of Law and Security Institutions Support Office, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“Prison officers are often responsible for dealing with some of the most vulnerable categories of people in the country. By choosing to train them, we are actually promoting the issues related to peace within South Sudan.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Aidah Chemei Mnyolmo, Rule of Law and Security Institutions Support Office, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“Making the condition more humane for them is actually important.”

UNMISS is supporting gender mainstreaming in the security sector under the broader framework of implementing UNSCR 1325 and subsequent resolutions on Women, Peace, and Security in South Sudan. This is a core element of global, regional, national, and local efforts to “build effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels.

SOUNDBITE (English) Aidah Chemei Mnyolmo, Rule of Law and Security Institutions Support Office, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“It is very important that the issues of gender are spoken about and that they are discussed with the community. That starts with the prison officers themselves, as they also belong to the community and handle the most vulnerable people in our society.”

Despite its efforts, South Sudanese prisons still don’t have a sufficient number of women among their employees to be a truly gender friendly workplace.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Major Samia Mahad Mohmand, National Prison Service of South Sudan-(NPSSS):
“In this workshop we have learnt a lot. Cooperation or women rights or men’s rights or equality between men and women in the workshop we just had. We learnt about how to handle inmates and the way to search female inmates and also how we can encourage them.”

The workshop, organized for senior managers, aimed at prompting a discussion on how to reach international standards of gender friendly prison services and their treatment of offenders. Among the priorities and challenges identified were good leadership, accountability, discipline and respecting all human rights.

SOUNDBITE (English) Major General Redento Tangun, Director of Public Relations, National Prison Service of South Sudan (NPSSS):
“You are our true partner, Gender affairs and child protection units of UNMISS are our true partners, because in our prisons we have women and we have children, we call them vulnerable groups.”

South Sudan is still facing many obstacles and difficulties in preventing violence, protecting women from abuse, and ensuring women’s access to justice, but this workshop was, according to participants, a step in the right direction.

SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Arua Makeu, National Prison Service of South Sudan (NPSSS):
“The first thing we have learnt is ways in which we can better handle our inmates. We have learnt that these prisoners are human beings like us, and they deserve to be treated equally.”
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