As part of its programme to support parliaments in addressing all forms of violence against women, the IPU is organizing, with the Parliament of the United Republic of Tanzania, a seminar for East and Southern African Parliaments on preventing and responding to violence against women and girls.
The purpose of the seminar is to provide parliamentarians of the region with the elements of a comprehensive and multisectoral response to violence against women and girls and familiarize them with the components of legislation to effectively tackle this scourge.
Special emphasis will be placed on... Read more
Imagine being a woman who has lived in a stateless, militarised, and violent country for over two decades. Despite all the challenges that come with war you manage to survive and feed your family; you exercise your agency and build peace within your community; you are a voice for change. In all previous peace processes, you helped the stakeholders to reconcile and reach consensus when they locked horns. But when it comes to power and resource sharing, you are often pushed aside and denied access to power and informal decision-making processes. The society that you live in wants your... Read more
This group was initiated following the query of Sahro Ahmed Koshin from Somalia, who is hoping to go into politics to help the peace-building process in her country and promote the need for more attention to peaceful conflict resolution.
Sahro is hoping to receive feedback on how to enter politics, how to organise her campaign, and how to generate more attention for peace-building and peaceful conflict resolution.
Her question was the following:
As you know, Somalia and Somalis have suffered a lot. In the past 25 years, there has been a lot of death and destruction and there... Read more
NDI staff member Hodan Ahmed of Somalia talks about her experiences working with Somali women parliamentarians and civil society representatives to bring female's perspectives in policy making.
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). Democracy requires that citizens’ interests be heard and deliberated upon. Read more
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 was to return to Somalia to give her children the chance to grow up where she could not.
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Women in Puntland have expressed their dissatisfaction with their representation in the new Puntland Parliament. Halimo Mohamed Farah, the chairwoman of Puntland Women Alliance said that they were dismayed to learn that only two women were among the 66 newly assembled legislators.
She placed the blame on traditional elders, who she said do not recognize the role and leadership qualities of the Somali women. She vowed that they will continue to double their efforts to attain their rightful positions in the political arena.
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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 government programme that aims to promote women's rights and support their access to education, health services and participation in governance.
While 30% of parliament is supposed to be reserved for women, women make up less than 16% of the current parliament.
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Popular Somali musician and member of parliament Saado Ali Warsame has been shot dead by Islamist militants.
She was killed along with her bodyguard in a drive-by shooting in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
A spokesman for the Islamist al-Shabab group, Abdulaziz Abu Musab, told the BBC that she was targeted for her politics and not her music.
The BBC's Mohammed Moalimu in Mogadishu says she is the fourth MP to be killed this year.
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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 fleeing and abandoning their families, women have learned to fend for themselves after their husbands died. Regrettably, the tribal hostilities terminated male dominated jobs. During the clan and factional conflict, Somali women took up crucial roles generally allocated to men as breadwinners and protectors of their families. In order to make ends meet... Read more
MOGADISHU, Feb 15, 2012 (IPS) - As Somalia’s transitional government and various stakeholders meet Wednesday to discuss the inclusion of the country’s clans in the new government, women politicians have called for a greater role in the leadership of this East African nation; We invite tou to read the article, published by IPS here.
This case study looks at women's role in conflict resolution and peace building in Somalia. It gives an overview of women's sociopolitical status in recent Somali history and examines issues relating to Somali women in war and peace, including the impact of war on women and women's contributions towards peace. Read more
In order to give voice to these invisible actors, the United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW) and the Associazione Diaspora e Pace (ADEP) are organizing a conference on Women, Peace and Security in Somalia, within the framework of Resolution 1325 and strengthening women's participation in conflict resolution and peace-building processes.
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Somalia has recently selected its parliament on Somali soil for the first time since the civil war of the late 1980s. This is a significant achievement since regional power brokers such as Ethiopia and Kenya, with the financial and logistical backing of the European Union, the United States and the United Nations, concocted Somali governments in neighbouring countries.
Such success is unfortunately marred by controversies, with continuous allegations of corruption in the selection of the members of parliament, as well as persistent charges that millions of international donor funds intended... Read more
Puntland regional leaders met Tuesday (May 21st) to encourage women's participation in the upcoming local council elections in July, setting a quota for desired participation, Somalia's Garowe Online reported.
Government officials, political party members, United Nations officials, members of the Transitional Puntland Electoral Commission and representatives of a local women's association gathered at the Puntland Development and Research Centre compound in Garowe to discuss the quota.
Participants agreed that there should be quotas for women's participation in all three levels of Puntland... Read more
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 new minister documents containing the recent developments achieved by the previous team of the ministry and pending plans.
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Somali women leaders met in Mogadishu on Sunday (July 20th) to demand greater representation in national politics and clear constitutional provisions protecting their participation, Somalia's Hiiraan Online reported.
Chair of the Somali National Women's Association Batulo Sheikh Ahmed Gaballe and several of Somalia's women lawmakers attended the meeting.
The women criticised the federal government's failure to uphold the 30% quota for women's representation in the parliament enshrined in the Garowe II Principles, an agreement between Somali stakeholders reached under the former Transitional... Read more
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 strict religious beliefs, lack of distant goal, psychological backwardness, rape and domestic violence.
Following Somali state collapse in 1991, women braced up for arduous tasks by putting their lives on the frontline to make urgently pressing priorities possible and shape their own destinies.
In Puntland where relative peace prevails in comparison... Read more
As little-known politician Fauzia Yusuf Haji Adan was sworn in as Somalia’s first female foreign minister and deputy prime minister on Monday Nov. 19, the stateswoman who hails from the unrecognised, self-proclaimed republic of Somaliland is tipped to become the country’s “Iron Lady”.
This is according to Adan´s political ally Mohamed Daahir Omar, who used to work closely with her in local Somaliland politics, in which he is currently active.
“We know Fauzia as a person with strong determination and as an approachable individual who likes to form consensus. But when she has to make a decision... Read more
Two women are running for president: Amal Abdi Ibrahim and Asha Ahmed Abdalla.
In announcing her candidature, Asha Ahmed Abdalla, a member of parliament, accused the current government of favouring corruption and intimidation in the parliament.
This is the second time she runs in the presidential race: in 2004 she was defeated by former president Abdullahi Yusuf. While Amal Abdi Ibrahim, 37, who has been living for 20 years in Finland, announced that if elected she would fight for widows of war and single mothers.
Read more at Eurasia Review, published 17 August 2012. Read more