UN calls on Somali leaders to honour 30 percent women’s quota

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The United Nations has today called on Somalia’s political stakeholders to honour the commitment made to implement the agreed 30 percent women’s quota when electing the representation for the Upper House and 11th Parliament.

In a statement issued in Mogadishu to mark the International Women’s Day, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan acknowledged the commitment by Somali women saying the tremendous efforts of Somali women who joined the national response efforts to keep families and communities safe as the country experiences a new wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“While applauding women’s resilience, we should also remember that in Somalia and elsewhere in the world, the pandemic affects women and girls disproportionately, as they face increased economic uncertainty, violence, and insecurity,” Swan said.

The global body called for decisive action by Somali leaders to ensure gender equality and full participation of women in all spheres of life.

“Throughout the years, Somali women have played an extraordinary role in reconciliation, peacebuilding, and development,” said Swan.

Commenting on his interactions with Somalis, Swan said they often tell him that women are the backbone of the Somali society.

“It is time for this to be recognized and translated into concrete actions and opportunities for Somali women to participate in political decision-making and enhance their leadership abilities,” the UN envoy said.


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