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STORY: Somalia joins the world in marking

International Women’s Day
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DATELINE: 08/March/2017, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

SHOT LIST

1. Wide shot of the venue for the International Women’s
Day celebrations.
2. Close up shot of the banner advertising the International
Women’s Day.
3. Medium shot of AMISOM female officers and other
participants during the Women’s Day ceremony.
4. Close up shot of an AMISOM female officer and another
participant during the ceremony.
5. Medium shot of AMISOM Deputy Police Commander Ms
Christine Alalo and other guests at the ceremony.
6. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): ZAHRA ALI SAMATAR -
MINISTER OF WOMEN AND HUMAN RIGHTS
DEVELOPMENT
“We fought hard to increase women’s political
participation, by setting a goal of 30% by ensuring
women receive a fair chance in the recent 2016-2017
electoral process”

7. Wide shot of the Deputy Special Representative of the
Chairperson of the African Union Commission (DSRCC) for
Somalia, Ms Lydia Wanyoto and other VIP guests at the
Women’s Day ceremony.
8. Wide shot of several female guests and other
participants during the women’s day ceremony.
9. Medium shot of other female guests and other
participants during the ceremony.
10. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): LYDIA WANYOTO -
DEPUTY SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE AU
COMMISSION CHAIRPERSON (DSRCC) FOR SOMALIA
“Somalia has elected 25% women in parliament that
translates to 73 MPs. We would like to give them
orientation. But the most important as AMISOM is the
formation of village peace committees for women,
which we would be able to supervise and coordinate.
And the campaign is for every woman to account for
their children. What’s happening in Somalia is that
there is a lot of recruitment of young children to join
al-Shabaab radicalisation using religious channels and
other forums. But we can use women to be able to
report and have intelligence on where their children
are going and who is taking them into this. These
people know their constituencies and hold them to
account. Where does a child go everyday? Where are
they, whose children are they? That’s going to be the
biggest non-military campaign that AMISOM is going to
work on, going forward.”

11. Wide shot of several female guests and other
participants during the Women’s Day ceremony.
12. Medium shot of other female guests and other
participants during the ceremony.
13. Close up on two female guests during the
ceremony.
14. Close up shot of a female guest at the ceremony.
15. SOUNDBITE (SOMALI): BATULA AHMED
GABALLE - DEPUTY CHAIRPERSON OF GOODWILL
AMBASSADORS
“In the areas of the country unreachable by the
Government, women parliamentarians in both
chambers of Parliament decided together with the civil
society representatives, to step up and reach the areas
where the Government cannot reach, in order to save
the lives of the vulnerable.”

16. Wide shot of AMISOM Deputy Police Commander
Ms Christine Alalo and other guests at the ceremony.
17. Medium shot of a female guest at the ceremony.
18. Wide shot of several female guests and other
participants during the Women’s Day ceremony.
19. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): VERONIQUE
LORENZO - EUROPEAN UNION AMBASSADOR TO
SOMALIA
“International Women’s Day is the global day to mark
the achievements of women on all fronts. And we know
that women are the centre of households, the centre of
community. In Somalia they are are major powerhouse
and they are prominent in their different roles. But
very often these achievements are not recognised.
They are drivers of reconciliation. They are at the
centre of peace. They are at the centre of the state and
peacebuilding. But despite their increased economic
role, they have remained largely excluded from
decision-making structures.”

20. Medium shot of the Deputy Special Representative
of the AU Commission Chairperson (DSRCC), for Somalia, Ms
Lydia Wanyoto and other AMISOM female officials as they
receive an award from Somalia’s Minister for Women and
Human Rights Development Ms Zahra Ali Samatar.
21. Close up shot of the award given to AMISOM for
the Mission’s significant support of the 30% women’s quota in
the Somali federal parliament.
22. Wide shot of the Deputy Special Representative of
the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (DSRCC) for
Somalia, Ms Lydia Wanyoto and other AMISOM female officials
as they receive their recognition award from Somalia’s
Minister of Women and Human Rights Development Ms Zahra
Ali Samatar.

STORY: Somalia joins the world in marking International
Women’s Day

Mogadishu, 8 March 2017 - Somalia today joined the rest of the
world in taking stock of women’s achievements this past year,
during celebrations to mark International Women’s Day.

The celebrations were held in the capital Mogadishu and in the
federal states, where Somalia’s partners lauded the country for the
huge strides it had made in empowering women.
“We fought hard to increase women’s political participation, by
setting a goal of 30% by ensuring women receive a fair chance in
the recent 2016-2017 electoral process,” Somali Minister of Women
and Human Rights Development Ms. Zahra Samatar as she
enumerated the successes achieved in women’s participation in the
country’s political affairs.

The number of women elected to parliament increased from 14-
percent in the last parliament to 25-percent currently, placing
Somalia on the global map of women friendly countries.

“We thank partners for their support in achieving this,” Ms. Asha
Mohamud Omar, a member of parliament said. She however
lamented that the women legislators still faced challenges in
participating fully in decision-making processes.

The deputy Special Representative of the AU Commission
Chairperson (DSRCC), for Somalia, Lydia Wanyoto announced a plan
by AMISOM to embark on a non-military campaign, where women
will form peace committees in villages, to break the cycle of youth
recruitment in Al-Shabaab.

“The campaign is for every woman to account for their children,”
she explained.

“What is happening in Somalia is that, there is a lot of recruitment of
young children to join al-Shabaab radicalisation using religious
channels and other forums. But we can use women to be able to
report and have intelligence on where their children are going and
who is taking them into this,” said added.

The European Union Ambassador to Somalia, Ms. Veronique Lorenzo
rooted for more women appointments in the Somali cabinet.

“In Somalia they (women), are a major powerhouse and they are
prominent in their different roles. But very often these achievements
are not recognised,” Ms. Lorenzo said.

“They are drivers of reconciliation. They are at the centre of peace.
They are at the centre of the state and peacebuilding. But despite
their increase economic role, they have remained largely excluded
from decision-making structures.”
“We as international actors want to support you,” said the Special
Representative of the UN Secretary General (SRSG) for Somalia, Mr.
Michael Keating.

“If you carry on doing what you have done in the last one year,
victory will be yours,” Keating told a gathering of women leaders,
government officials and Somali public, who converged in
Mogadishu to mark the day.

The humanitarian crisis facing Somalia as a result of biting drought
was a concern of several speakers.

Ms. Batula Ahmed Gaballe, the deputy Chairperson of the Goodwill
Ambassadors, a women’s lobby group that advocated for greater
participation of women in politics, expressed concern about the
debilitating drought.
"I call upon all of us to help in alleviating the suffering of our
children and mothers, who are dying of hunger, while some of us eat
three meals a day,” she pleaded.

International Women’s Day is observed annually on March 8, to
reflect on progress made in women’s empowerment and celebrate
acts of courage and determination by ordinary women, who have
played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and
communities.

To appreciate AMISOM’s support to women’s empowerment, the
Minister of Women and Human Rights Development presented
AMISOM with a certificate of appreciation, in recognition of the
Mission’s support in the push for 30-percent women’s quota in
parliament.

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