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STORY: Somali Women Agree on Model to

Improve Gender Parity in 2016 Elections


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DATELINE: 20/JUNE/2016, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA
SHORT LIST
1. Wide shot, Somali women leaders and members of civil
society attending a meeting on elections
2. Med shot, Somali women leaders and members of civil
society attending a meeting on elections
3. Med shot, Deputy Head of the African Union Mission in
Somalia (AMISOM), Hon. Lydia Wanyoto, the Deputy Special
Representative of the UN Secretary- General for Somalia Mr.
Raisedon Zenenga, representatives of the European Union, the
chairperson of the committee, Asha Gelle Diriye, Hon. Sahra
Mohamed Ali Samatar, the Minister of Women and Human
Rights of the Federal Government of Somalia at the meeting
4. Close up shot, a participant taking notes
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Asha Gelle Diriye,
chairperson of the committee of Goodwill Ambassadors
It symbolizes the unity of Somali women. Regional states, all the
political activists, civil society are united including the ministers who
are the focal point persons and also the committee of the Goodwill
Ambassadors. This is the first success we have had.
6. Close up shot, Hon. Sahra Mohamed Ali Samatar, the
Minister of Women and Human Rights of the Federal
Government of Somalia speaking at the meeting
7. Med shot, women leaders listening at the meeting
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Hon. Sahra Mohamed Ali
Samatar, Minister of Women and Human Rights of the
Federal Government of Somalia
This is the final validation and the victory is that we are all united
to have one model. The women are united to have one strategy of
achieving the 30 percent quota. I am very happy to see that women
are all united to have one strategy.

9. Close up shot, women leaders listening at the meeting


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Med shot, women leaders listening at the meeting
11.
Wide shot, Mr. Raisedon Zenenga, the UN Deputy
Special Representative for Somalia speaking at the meeting
12.
Med shot, women leaders listening at the meeting
13.
SOUNDBITE (English) Mr. Raisedon Zenenga,
the UN Deputy special envoy for Somalia
As international partners, from the United Nations, European Union,
African Union, bilateral partners and individual countries, we are all
united behind this goal. We have consistently insisted that the
women of Somalia must have at least 30 percent representation.
14.
Wide shot, women leaders singing
15.
SOUNDBITE (English) Hon. Lydia Wanyoto,
Deputy Head of the African Union Mission in Somalia
(AMISOM)
The first contribution that AMISOM wants to make is to support the
decisions made on the electoral process by Somalis. They have
worked out a model, they have agreed on it, AMISOM will support.
The second contribution from AMISOM is security. We have been
able to work out a plan with other stakeholders including the Somali
national security agencies, AMISOM is going to embed with them to
ensure that the electoral process is secure. Normally women suffer
the most when there insecurity, we would like to make sure that
there will be special attention accorded to women candidates. They
should be helped to go and register not only as candidates but also
as voters.
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Med shot, women leaders attending the meeting
17.
Close up shot, Qama Beq Khalif, women leader
from Jubbaland Interim Administration speaking at the
meeting
18.
Close up shot, Deputy Head of the African Union
Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), Hon. Lydia Wanyoto listening at
the meeting
19.
Med shot, women leaders at the meeting
20.
Close up shot, Mr. Raisedon Zenenga, the UN
Deputy Special Representative for Somalia taking notes
21.
Close up shot, a participant speaking at the
meeting
22.
SOUNDBITE (English) Hon. Lydia Wanyoto,
Deputy Head of the African Union Mission in Somalia
(AMISOM)
AMISOM is committing not only to support but also secure the
conference, hoping that the 30 percent model will not only be
presented but also will be agreed upon. I would like to congratulate
the women of Somalia, mainly the leadership of the women of
Somalia and the government for having agreed on the model.
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Wide shot, women leaders singing

Somali Women Agree on Model To Improve Gender Parity In


2016 Elections
Mogadishu, June 20 2016 - A committee appointed by the
Federal Government of Somalia to formulate a strategy for
increased womens participation in upcoming legislative elections,
has concluded consultative discussions hoped to guarantee 30
percent womens representation.
Somalia is readying itself for an electoral process which will see the
appointment of a new government and parliamentary houses within
the coming months. Under regulations issued by its National
Leadership Forum, 30 percent of seats are to be reserved for women
in each member state.
The Committee of Goodwill Ambassadors met Sunday in the Somali
capital with women leaders drawn from all the regional states,
ministers and representatives of civil society. The group discussed
proposals to assist women candidates by providing them with
resources and skills, as well as assistance with the registration
process and engagement with clan elders, who will play a big role in
electing members of the new parliament.
The committee expects to create a strong and reliable system for
women candidates and will reach out to women in all the regions.
The model will be further discussed at the National Leadership
Forum which brings together the countrys top leaders, to be held in
Baidoa on June 22.
Speaking at the conclusion of the meeting, the chairperson of the
committee, Asha Gelle Diriye, described the agreement as a big
victory for Somali women.
It symbolizes the unity of Somali women. The regional states, the
political activists, civil society are united including the ministers,
who are the focal point persons. This is the first success we have
had, observed Ms Diriye.
The Minister of Women and Human Rights of the Federal
Government of Somalia, Sahra Mohamed Ali Samatar who attended
as a committee member, added that the model would be shared
with international partners and implemented in all the regional
states.
This is the final validation and the victory is that we are all united
and satisfied to have one model, said Ms Samatar.

The meeting was also attended by representatives of the


international community including the Deputy Head of the African
Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), Lydia Wanyoto, the Deputy
Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia,
Raisedon Zenenga, and representatives of the European Union.
Speaking on behalf of the international community, the UN Deputy
Special Representative for Somalia, Raisedon Zenenga, applauded
the women for agreeing on a strategy.
We are all united behind this goal. We have consistently insisted
that women of Somalia must have at least 30 percent
representation, Mr Zenenga said.
He added that the Somali women deserved more than the 30
percent quota, given the fact that they constitute more than 50
percent of the population and have worked hard to keep families,
communities and the country together during the conflict.
The Deputy SRCC described the agreement as a milestone and
pledged the support of AMISOM at all levels of engagement.
The first contribution that AMISOM wants to make is to support the
decisions made on the electoral process by Somalis. They have
worked out a model, they have agreed on it, AMISOM will support.
The second contribution is security. We have been able to work out a
plan with other stakeholders including the Somali National Security
Agencies. AMISOM is going to embed with them to ensure that the
electoral process is secure, Ms Wanyoto said.
The Federal Government of Somalia has committed to ensure more
women participate in politics as part of a broader effort to achieve
gender parity.
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