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PM Reserves 30 Percent of Parliament Seats for Women in Upcoming Poll

PM Reserves 30 Percent of Parliament Seats for Women in Upcoming Poll

 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 the Horn of Africa nation. While welcoming Saturday’s announcement by Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble, some women’s groups cautioned that implementing the measure in […]

Somalia Agrees to De-Escalate Tensions With Kenya

Somalia Agrees to De-Escalate Tensions With Kenya

Somalia agreed to de-escalate tensions with neighbouring Kenya during a conference Monday in Djibouti. Somalia said the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) put pressure on the country to resolve its diplomatic tiff with Kenya during the 38th Extraordinary Assembly of IGAD Heads of State and Government. IGAD, which consists of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South […]

Somaliland Cans Female Football Tournament As Un-Islamic

Somaliland Cans Female Football Tournament As Un-Islamic

 The Somaliland Women’s Football Tournament was expected to begin on Thursday in the capital Hargeisa Somalia’s breakaway region of Somaliland said on Thursday it had cancelled its first women’s football tournament as it fell foul of Islamic values, sparking outrage among women’s rights groups. The Somaliland Women’s Football Tournament, featuring six female teams representing Somaliland’s […]

Somali Women’s Inclusion in Politics Is Long Overdue

Somali Women’s Inclusion in Politics Is Long Overdue

Somali women are exhausted of not being heard and side-lined at every opportunity, especially when they know that they can pivotal players in the political arena There is little doubt that women in Somalia have played a significant role in keeping the country afloat through decades of conflict and disaster. They are productive contributors to […]

UN Praises Women’s Role In Peace Building In Somalia

UN Praises Women’s Role In Peace Building In Somalia

Somalia and the UN have lauded the role played by Somali women in peace, security and governance as the world celebrated the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325. Hanifa Mohamed Ibrahim, minister of women and human rights development, said the government should now create new pathways for Somali women from all generations to […]

Somali Women Demand Guarantee Of 30% Of Parliament In 2021 Election

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% of seats for women in next year’s general election. Women hold 24% of the 329 seats in Somalia’s lower and upper houses of parliament, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), up from 14% in […]

Somali Women’s Basketball Team Defy Prejudice, Hostility

Somali Women’s Basketball Team Defy Prejudice, Hostility

Whistles screech on the sea breeze as three female Somali coaches inspect a line of women in black and blue headscarves dribbling basketballs. It’s not just the heat that makes it hard: the women are also braving the scorn of their families and the threat of attack by gunmen who think women should not play […]

Somalia’s New PM Takes Office, Pledges To Fight Women Abuses

Somalia’s New PM Takes Office, Pledges To Fight Women Abuses

The newly-appointed prime minister of Somalia Mohamed Hussein Roble has taken the office from the acting and deputy PM Mahdi Mohamed Guled Khadar on Sunday. Cabinet members and other high-ranking government officials were in attendance at the hand-over event held the PM’s office inside the heavily guarded presidential palace. In his speech, Roble has vowed […]

Outrage As Somali Parliament Drafts Law Permitting Child, Forced Marriages

Outrage As Somali Parliament Drafts Law Permitting Child, Forced Marriages

Somalia’s parliament has sparked outrage by replacing long-awaited legislation to protect women and girls from violence with a new bill permitting child and forced marriage. The East African nation has high rates of child marriage and violence against women, including rape and female genital mutilation (FGM). The United Nations says 45% of women are married before […]

Parliament To Have 30 Percent Women After House Approval

Parliament To Have 30 Percent Women After House Approval

The lower house has approved a bill providing for a 30% quota for women in the Somali parliament. Although the parliament has yet to ratify the bill, it is one more step towards the feminization of politics in Somalia. It is a long-term struggle in a society that is both patriarchal and traditionalist, but progress […]

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