Briefing ambassadors under the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, she said the goal of her recent visit earlier this month was to increase women’s involvement, including the upcoming parliamentary elections.
“I am making this second visit to Somalia because women’s political participation is a game changer in our efforts to achieve sustainable peace, development and a more resilient and inclusive society,” she said. Public service, and from election to recruitment.
Obstacles to elections
She said there is a risk of declining representation of women in the current elections.
The UN deputy chief painted a number of roadblocks for the main female candidates, which he noticed were often hindered by rural tribal leaders, all of whom were men.
She points out that the political environment in Somalia is not conducive to women, with many male leaders promoting male candidates through political networks and connections that lack their female opponents.
Somali women also struggle to get financial support to run campaigns – a complex challenge posed by violence and discrimination.
Promises fall short
Referring to the country’s 2016 milestone, the Deputy Secretary General said that about one-fourth of the parliamentary seats were held by women, noting that the figures showed that “progress is possible even in the most difficult of circumstances”.
While expressing confidence in the Somali leadership’s recent commitment to maintaining parliamentary quotas, Mrs Mohammed expressed concern for the general situation.
He stressed that the organization must “redouble” its efforts to support their participation.
“Maintain a lasting focus, investment and partnership for Somali women,” the UN deputy chief appealed to ambassadors.
Put the country first
Meanwhile, Shukria Dini, co-founder and executive director of the Somalia Women’s Studies Center, noted that Ms. Mohammed’s visit had “encouraged and encouraged” many women to follow the theme of participation, which is the origin of democracy and human rights.
He spoke in support of the US Alliance, but said that maintaining some independence was not the answer.
“Women’s participation in elections and the political process is important for realizing an inclusive society” with more women with decision-making roles and asset allocation authority, Ms. Dini said.
And since Somalia’s national election should be seen as a campaign for peace and security, women are appealing to all parties to “put aside their political rivalries … in the interest of the country.”