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Women’s groups welcome move, but say implementing it in time for Feb. 8 vote will be challenging
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Somali PM reserves 30% of parliament seats for women in upcoming poll
GAROWE, Somalia, Jan 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nearly a third of Somalia's parliamentary seats will be reserved for female lawmakers in an election next month, the prime minister said, a measure long demanded by women's rights campaigners in...
Monday, November 23, 2020
Somalia: Groups explore ways to increase women's participation in politics
Civil society and human rights activists, legal experts, politicians and youth representatives met in Mogadishu on Sunday to discuss ways to increase and strengthen women's participation in Somalia's politics. The one-day symposium held in Mogadishu...
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Somali women demand guarantee of 30% of parliament in 2021 election
Women's rights groups, prominent businesswomen and female politicians in Somalia are urging the country's male-dominated parliament to pass a bill reserving 30 per cent of seats for women in next year's general election. Women hold 24 per cent of...
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Somalia: Lower House approves 30 percent quota proposal for women representation
Somali women's urge to directly participate in governance was tremendously boosted on Sunday, following the decision by Lower House to unanimously endorse a 30 per cent quota proposal for affirmative representation in the house. For months now,...
Monday, September 17, 2018
Women claim their place in Somalia’s politics
Despite some gains, female politicians face an uphill battle in reaching the country’s 30% quota. Women’s participation in Somali politics has traditionally been low, and a controversial topic in the country. Somali society typically ascribes to...
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Somaliland: First steps taken to increase women’s participation in politics
In recent months, the developing nation of Somaliland has made a number of steps towards encouraging the active participation of women throughout its institutions. As the writer of the article below notes, newly-elected President Hon. Musa Bihi...
Friday, September 29, 2017
Somali women’s political participation and leadership: Evidence and opportunities
This report synthesises findings from an eleven month qualitative research project (August 2016 - June 2017), carried out by Social Development Direct and Forcier Consulting, and funded by the Research and Evidence Division (RED) within the UK...
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Somali women leaders embrace obstacles with courage and confidence
Women in Somalia continue to face significant obstacles that limit their political participation. Along with institutional and financial constraints that prevent women from running for office, women also face technical capacity challenges and other...
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Fadumo Dayib
Once A Somali Refugee, Fadumo Dayib is Now Running As Somalia's First Female President. Click here to access the original interview. RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: Fadumo Dayib is trying to do something no one has ever done before. Despite overwhelming odds,...
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Somalia: Women’s Political Participation in Puntland - Prospects for Progress
This research study was conducted by the Somali Institute for Development and Research Analysis (SIDRA) in partnership with UNDP Somalia. SIDRA Institute is a knowledge-policy interface established to fill the strategic gaps of shaping and...
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Upcoming National Gender Policy in Somalia
"The Government is committed to developing a framework for integrating a gender perspective in all policy and programmes" said Minister of Women and Human Rights Development of the Federal government, Mrs Sahra Mohamed Ali. She also added that the...
Sunday, January 04, 2015
Somali Women Mobilizing for Peace
Following the downfall of President Siad Barre in 1991, a civil war broke out in Somalia between the factions. The internecine conflict has taken its heavy toll on all Somalis, but women in general face a disproportionate burden. With many men...
Somali Minister Anisa Abdulkadir Haji Mumin
Monday, September 01, 2014
Somalia: Somali Women keen on more vehement role in politics [Interview with Minister]
Somali women have been facing formidable challenges and complain about marginalization in politics but they in turn played a pivotal role in securing peace deals between warring forces on the ground. Among the stumbling blocks are cultural and...
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Somalia: Puntland’s New minister for Women affairs officially takes over Office
Puntland’s new minister for women affairs and Family Development Anisa Abdulkadir Haji Mumin has today officially taken over office in a ceremony held at the Ministry’s headquarters in Garowe. Former Minister Halimo Haji Hassan handed over to the...
Monday, August 19, 2013
Women Taking Lead Roles in Re-Constructing Somalia
While al-Shabaab loses ground and progress and development spread throughout Somalia, women are seeking a larger role in re-constructing the country. They are helping rebuild Somalia in many fields, such as education, health, politics and even...
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Integrating Somali women into peacebuilding processes
Despite the vital roles played by women in the democratisation and state-building processes, their male counterparts hardly recognise their role. Women have always had a strong stake in democratisation and peacebuilding processes (UN, 2013)....
Monday, July 22, 2013
Somali Govt Drafts Bill to Protect Women's Rights
The Somali Ministry of Development and Social Affairs is drafting a bill that outlines a new gender policy for the country and safeguards women's rights, particularly in politics and education. The proposed legislation is part of a wide-ranging...
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
NDI staffer seeks to connect Somali women in parliament, civil society
Hodan Ahmed and her family were forced to flee Somalia in 1991. The civil war that drove them from their home would go on for two decades. Ahmed live abroad in India and then in Kenya, where she got her education and began her career, but her dream...

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