STORY: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATIONS IN SOMALIA
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LANGUAGE: SOMALI/NATURAL SOUND
DATELINE: 08/MARCH/2015, KISMAYO,BAIDOA, SOMALIA
1. Wide shot, Women marching along the streets of Kismayo
2. Med shot, Women marching on the streets of Kismayo
3. Wide shot, Women dancing and marching in Kismayo
4. Med shot, Women marching on the streets of Kismayo
5. Wide shot, Women holding up banners
6. Med shot, Women holding up banners
7. Med shot, Women singing
8. Close up, Woman singing
9. Med shot, Women singing and dancing
10. SOUNDBITE (Somali), Qamar Khalif Haji Sheikh, Minister of Women Affairs, Interim Juba Administration:
“Women are the backbone of the Somali society, the Somali women should be empowered at every level. The women need the support of the international community. Somalia is being protected by women today, we feel secure”.
11. Wide shot, Women singing and dancing
12. Wide shot, Baidoa community hall
13. Med shot, Baidoa civil society representatives seated
14. Close up, Baidoa civil society members seated
15. Wide shot, Interim Southwest Administration officials seated
16. Med shot, Baidoa band performing during the celebrations
17. Med shot, Interim Southwest Administration officials listening to the performance
18. Close up, Interim Southwest Administration Government officials listening to the performance
19. Med shot, Interim Southwest Administration (ISWA) Leader Sharif Hassan Sheik Adan
20. Close up, Interim Southwest Administration (ISWA) Leader Sharif Hassan Sheik Adan
21. SOUNDBITE (Somali) Sharif Hassan Sheik Adan ISWA Interim Southwest Administration Leader:
“I congratulate Somali women wherever they are on this auspicious day. I congratulate all women in the world, I congratulate Somali women, especially the women of this region. Until we reach next year, I wish you long life, good health and peace. I wish you a bigger event than this next year.”
22. Med shot, Celebrations banner
23. Close up, Woman following proceedings
24. SOUNDBITE (Somali) Mrs Faduma Omar Abuu, Minister of women, Human rights and Family Affairs:
“Today is International women’s day, its our day, it is the day we celebrate our role as women and contribution to our country. I can not express my happiness.”
25. Wide shot, Women during the celebrations
26. SOUNDBITE (Somali), Mrs Faduma Omar Abuu, Minister of Women, Human rights and Family affairs:
“ As a representative of women at the Ministry of Women, Human rights and Family affairs, I will do all I can to promote peace and reconciliation. If there is no peace, there is no life. We cannot do anything without peace. Our main priority and target will be to bring peace.”
27. Wide shot, Women singing and dancing
Somali women from across the nation joined hands with the global community to mark this years’ International Women’s Day celebrations with song, dance and grandeur.
Major celebrations were held in Kismayo in the Juba region, Baidoa in the Bay region and Garowe in Puntland. The day’s celebration were held in line with the International theme, “Make it Happen”, reflecting the crucial role played by the women and girls in the rebuilding Somalia, as it recovers from years of conflict.
In the port city of Kismayo, hundreds of men and women marched through the town’s major streets in song and dance, chanting calls for the empowerment of Somalia’s women. They gathered at the Farjana village grounds where the leadership of the Interim Juba Administration pledged its commitment towards addressing the issues that affect women in the region.
Speaking during the celebrations, the Minister of Women Affairs for the Interim Juba Authority (IJA) H.E. Qamar Khalif Haji Sheikh called for the cooperation of all Somalis, especially those in the diaspora in addressing the plight of the Somali woman.
She observed that the Somali women have been major victims of the two decade war, suffering major challenges ranging from high levels of illiteracy, poverty, lack of access to basic health care and resultant effects such as the high maternal mortality rate, sexual exploitation and abuse and lack of effective representation in the country’s rebuilding processes, among others.
“Women are the backbone of the Somali society, the Somali women should be empowered at every level. Our women need the support of the international community. Somalia is being protected by women today, we feel secure,” she said.