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Somalia: Meetings on the inclusion of women in politics

6 June 2015

The Minister of Gender and Human Rights H.E. Sahra Ali Samantar and the Chair of the Technical Committee, Dr. Halima Ismail Ibrahim, during the Solidarity trip to Adado, Somalia

The Minister of Gender and Human Rights H.E. Sahra Ali Samantar and the Chair of the Technical Committee, Dr. Halima Ismail Ibrahim, during the Solidarity trip to Adado, Somalia

Adado, Somalia – A delegation of twelve persons, among which parliamentarians, members of civil and youth organisations and officials from the Ministry of Gender and Human Rights including the Minister of Gender and Human Rights H.E. Sahra Ali Samantar, participated in a Solidarity trip to Adado, in the central Galguduud region of Somalia, on 6 June 2015.

The mission jointly organised by AWEPA and the Ministry of Gender and Human Rights, in the framework of the AWEPA “Supporting Legislative Institutions in Somalia” Programme, aimed at strengthening the ties between the Federal Parliamentarians, led by the Deputy Chair of SoWPa Hon. Qali Ahmed Diriye, and the local MPs in the region’s administration.

The goal of the trip was to cast light on the inclusion of women in politics, both in the capital as well as in the regions, and urge the local influential groups to consider their position on the subject. The delegation was led by the Minister of Gender and Human Rights H.E. Sahra Ali Samantar on their visits to the civil society (Women’s Activists) as well as the Clan Elders in the region.

Political inclusion for women and minorities was identified as a priority topic for the future, during the meeting with the civil society activists. The contributions that women and minorities have to offer are many-fold but they still require diligent advocacy.

During the delegation’s visit to the Clan Elders, the main thrust of the discussion was the inclusion of, at the very least, one woman on each of the Clans representatives’ lists that would be presented for the Parliament.

To ensure that this would become standard policy a warning was issued that any lists without, at least, one woman would not be accepted. This would be the case for each of the Clans.

Meetings were also held with the Chair of the Somali Technical Selection Committee, Dr. Halima Ismail Ibrahim, and various civil society organizations.

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