UN / GAZA WOMEN AND CHILDREN

22-Nov-2023 00:08:29
Executive Director of UN Women, Sima Sami Bahous welcomed "the news that 50 hostages, all women, and children, will be released in return for the release of 150 Palestinian women and children, and a much-needed humanitarian pause.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / GAZA WOMEN AND CHILDREN
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DATELINE: 22 NOVEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

22 NOVEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Sima Sami Bahous, Executive Director, UN Women:
“I welcome the news that 50 hostages, all women, and children, will be released in return for the release of 150 Palestinian women and children, and a much-needed humanitarian pause.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Sima Sami Bahous, Executive Director, UN Women:
“180 women are delivering babies every day without water, painkillers, anesthesia for C-sections, electricity for incubators and medical supplies. Yet, they continue caring for their children, for the sick, for the elderly, mixing baby formula with contaminated water, going without food so that their children can live another day, enduring multiple risks in severely overcrowded shelters. They have been robbed of their livelihoods, their security, and their dignity.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Sima Sami Bahous, Executive Director, UN Women:
“I reiterate my call from when I last spoke in these Chambers in October, that every act of violence against women and girls, including sexual violence, is unequivocally condemned, and must be fully investigated with the utmost priority.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Sima Sami Bahous, Executive Director, UN Women:
“Now more than ever we must be faithful to our Charter and to our shared humanity. Now more than ever we must reject those who seek to sow hatred and division. Now more than ever we must seek peace, and in doing so recall that women remain the largest and most reliable constituency to that end. And now, more than ever, we must uphold principles of justice and accountability for crimes committed, to stop those that are ongoing and to deter those yet to occur.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11.SOUNDBITE (English) Catherine Russell, Executive Director, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF):
“In other words, the Gaza Strip is the most dangerous place in the world to be a child.”
14. Wide shot, Security Council
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Catherine Russell, Executive Director, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF):
“We are particularly concerned by reports of increasing numbers of displaced children who have been separated from their families along evacuation corridors to the south, or who are otherwise arriving unaccompanied to hospitals for medical care. These children are especially vulnerable, and they urgently need to be identified, provided with temporary care and given access to family tracing and reunification services.”
16.Wide shot, Security Council
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Catherine Russell, Executive Director, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF):
“UNICEF is strongly opposed to the establishment of so-called ‘safe zones.’ No place is safe in the Gaza Strip. And the proposed zones do not have the infrastructure or protection measures in place to meet the needs of such large numbers of civilians.”
18. Wide shot, Security Council
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Catherine Russell, Executive Director, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF):
“We ask them to go beyond what the law requires – to protect children and the civilian infrastructure they rely on and to immediately, and unconditionally release all civilian hostages held in the Gaza Strip, especially children.”
20. Wide shot, Security Council
21. SOUNDBITE (English) Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA):
“At a moment when new life is beginning, what should be a moment of joy is overshadowed by death and
destruction, horror and fear. The situation is most dire for women facing obstetric complications – some
15 percent of pregnant women. Their lives are at risk due to severely limited access to healthcare and
emergency obstetric care.”
22. Wide shot, Security Council
23.Wide shot, Security Council
24. SOUNDBITE (English) Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA):
“The violence must end. The fate of humanity does not belong in the hands of those wielding weapons. It rests with women and young people and allies standing together waging peace. In this urgent test of humanity, women and girls desperately need peace to prevail. I call upon the Security Council to do everything in your power to make that peace happen.”
25. Wide shot, Security Council
26. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“Hamas is not concerned with protecting any civilians, including any Palestinian civilians. No. They are deliberately and callously putting them in harm's way, hiding behind the skirts of their women and innocent civilians. Still, this does not lessen Israel's responsibility to protect civilians consistent with international humanitarian law as it exercises its right to safeguard its people from acts of terror.”
27. Wide shot, Security Council
28. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad H. Mansour, Permanent Observer to the United Nations, State of Palestine:
“Israeli leaders keep talking about ‘voluntary resettlement’, this is the code name for forced transfer. What is voluntary about bombing and besieging and killing and maiming and arresting and humiliating? You deprive 2.3 million people have the means for their own survival and then tell them they have a choice? Leave this land or leave this earth - that's the choice that they're giving them.”
29. Wide shot, Security Council
30. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad H. Mansour, Permanent Observer to the United Nations, State of Palestine:
“The Nakba has to end. I repeat, the Nakba has to end. Despair, devastation, destruction will never bring security to Israel. This possession, displacement and denial of Palestinian rights will never bring security to Israel.”
31. Wide shot, Security Council
32. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad H. Mansour, Permanent Observer to the United Nations, State of Palestine:
“Because you all knew this was Israelis intentions - to wipe us from the face of earth, which will never happen. Never, never happen.”
33. Wide shot, Security Council
34. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad H. Mansour, Permanent Observer to the United Nations, State of Palestine:
“We should not be blind to each other's wounds, or traumas or history, nor dismiss them. But that respect has to be built on a common vision of the future, where all can live and let live in freedom, in dignity, and in peace and security. Not where one's life is at the expense of the other. There is no coexistence with supremacy or subrogation.”
35. Wide shot, Security Council
36. SOUNDBITE (English) Gilad Erdan, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Israel:
“I reiterate this war can end right now, today, without one more shot being fired if Hamas returns all of the hostages and turns in all those who took part in the savage massacre, the war would be over immediately.”
37. Wide shot, Security Council
38. SOUNDBITE (English) Gilad Erdan, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Israel:
“The hostage deal that was approved last night is clear proof that Israel is willing to take far reaching steps. Try to comprehend what Israel has agreed to do last night. We are releasing terrorists who have been convicted of harming Israelis in return for women and children, women and children who were savagely abducted from their homes by these Hamas Nazis.”
39. Wide shot, Security Council
40. SOUNDBITE (English) Gilad Erdan, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Israel:
“As soon as the pause ends, we will continue striving towards our goals with full force. We will not stop until we eliminate all of Hamas terror capabilities and ensure that they can no longer rule Gaza and threaten both Israeli civilians and the women and children of Gaza.”
41. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
Executive Director of UN Women, Sima Sami Bahous welcomed the news that “50 hostages, all women, and children, will be released in return for the release of 150 Palestinian women and children, and a much-needed humanitarian pause.”

Briefing Security Council today (22 Nov) on the situation in Gaza, the UN Women chief noted that not only is the number of civilians killed since October 7th twice that of the last 15 years combined, now 67 per cent of the more than 14,000 people killed in Gaza are estimated to be women and children.

She told the Council that two mothers killed every hour and 7 women every two hours.

It has been 47 days since the October 7th attack on Israel where 1200 people, many of them women and children, were killed, Bahous said, adding that each day that passes marks another 24 hours of unspeakable fear and uncertainty for the hostages, including the women and girls held by Hamas. She continued to call for their immediate and unconditional release.

It has been 47 days since the more than two-million Palestinians in Gaza have spent every moment fearing for their lives, mourning their dead, and living under conditions that would break every single one of us, the UN Women chief also said.

She said, “180 women are delivering babies every day without water, painkillers, anesthesia for C-sections, electricity for incubators and medical supplies. Yet, they continue caring for their children, for the sick, for the elderly, mixing baby formula with contaminated water, going without food so that their children can live another day, enduring multiple risks in severely overcrowded shelters.”

“They have been robbed of their livelihoods, their security, and their dignity,” the chief of UN Women said.

Bahous also expressed that she is alarmed by disturbing reports of gender-based and sexual violence.

She reiterated the call that “every act of violence against women and girls, including sexual violence, is unequivocally condemned, and must be fully investigated with the utmost priority.”

The Executive Director said, “Now more than ever we must be faithful to our Charter and to our shared humanity. Now more than ever we must reject those who seek to sow hatred and division. Now more than ever we must seek peace, and in doing so recall that women remain the largest and most reliable constituency to that end. And now, more than ever, we must uphold principles of justice and accountability for crimes committed, to stop those that are ongoing and to deter those yet to occur.”

Executive Director of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Catherine Russell addressed the Council via video link.

According to UNICEF, more than 5,300 Palestinian children have been reportedly killed in 46 days or over 115 per day. Based on these figures, children account for forty per cent of the deaths in Gaza.

Russel said, “Gaza Strip is the most dangerous place in the world to be a child.”

The Executive Director noted that children who manage to survive the war are likely to see their lives irrevocably altered through repeated exposure to traumatic events. The violence and upheaval around them can induce toxic stress that interferes with their physical and cognitive development. Even before this latest escalation, more than 540,000 children in Gaza – half of its entire child population – were identified as needing mental health and psychosocial support.

Russell expressed concern particularly by reports of increasing numbers of displaced children who have been separated from their families along evacuation corridors to the south, or who are otherwise arriving unaccompanied to hospitals for medical care.

“These children are especially vulnerable, and they urgently need to be identified, provided with temporary care and given access to family tracing and reunification services,” she reiterated.

The Executive Director also said, “UNICEF is strongly opposed to the establishment of so-called ‘safe zones.’”

She said, “No place is safe in the Gaza Strip. And the proposed zones do not have the infrastructure or protection measures in place to meet the needs of such large numbers of civilians.”

Natalia Kanem, Executive Director of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) told the Council that UNFPA “deplores” the loss of life in Israel and in the Occupied Palestinian Territory in the escalating crisis since October 7th.

She also said, “At a moment when new life is beginning, what should be a moment of joy is overshadowed by death and destruction, horror and fear.”

“The situation is most dire for women facing obstetric complications – some 15 percent of pregnant women. Their lives are at risk due to severely limited access to healthcare and emergency obstetric care,” Kanem added.

The UNFPA chief added, “Lack of food and water across Gaza will have adverse impacts on the health and wellbeing of pregnant and breastfeeding women. They have higher daily water and caloric intake requirements.”

She concluded, “The violence must end. The fate of humanity does not belong in the hands of those wielding weapons. It rests with women and young people and allies standing together waging peace.”

“In this urgent test of humanity, women and girls desperately need peace to prevail,” Kanem called upon the Security Council to “do everything in your power to make that peace happen.”

US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said, “Hamas is not concerned with protecting any civilians, including any Palestinian civilians. No. They are deliberately and callously putting them in harm's way, hiding behind the skirts of their women and innocent civilians. Still, this does not lessen Israel's responsibility to protect civilians consistent with international humanitarian law as it exercises its right to safeguard its people from acts of terror.”

Palestinian Ambassador Riyad H. Mansour welcomed the agreement reached yesterday and expressed appreciation to all those who contributed in reaching the agreement, especially from Qatar and Egypt.

Ambassador Mansour also said, “Israeli leaders keep talking about ‘voluntary resettlement’, this is the code name for forced transfer. What is voluntary about bombing and besieging and killing and maiming and arresting and humiliating? You deprive 2.3 million people have the means for their own survival and then tell them they have a choice? Leave this land or leave this earth - that's the choice that they're giving them.”

The Palestinian Ambassador reiterated, “The Nakba has to end.”

“Despair, devastation, destruction will never bring security to Israel. This possession, displacement and denial of Palestinian rights will never bring security to Israel,” he added.

Ambassador Mansour also told Council Members, “you all knew this was Israelis intentions - to wipe us from the face of earth, which will never happen. Never, never happen.”

The Palestinian Ambassador concluded, “We should not be blind to each other's wounds, or traumas or history, nor dismiss them. But that respect has to be built on a common vision of the future, where all can live and let live in freedom, in dignity, and in peace and security. Not where one's life is at the expense of the other.”

“There is no coexistence with supremacy or subrogation,” he reiterated.

Israeli Ambassador Gilad Erdan reiterated, “this war can end right now, today, without one more shot being fired if Hamas returns all of the hostages and turns in all those who took part in the savage massacre, the war would be over immediately.”

He also said, “The hostage deal that was approved last night is clear proof that Israel is willing to take far reaching steps. Try to comprehend what Israel has agreed to do last night. We are releasing terrorists who have been convicted of harming Israelis in return for women and children, women and children who were savagely abducted from their homes by these Hamas Nazis.”

The Israeli Ambassador reiterated, “As soon as the pause ends, we will continue striving towards our goals with full force,” adding that “we will not stop until we eliminate all of Hamas terror capabilities and ensure that they can no longer rule Gaza and threaten both Israeli civilians and the women and children of Gaza.”
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