Somalia: ‘Sustained focus, investments’ needed to boost women’s political participation

 Somalia: ‘Sustained focus, investments’ needed to boost women’s political participation

Briefing ambassadors under the Women, Peace, and Security agenda, she said that her most recent trip, earlier this month, was aimed at boosting women’s involvement, including in upcoming parliamentary elections.

“I made this second visit to Somalia because women’s political participation is a game-changer in our efforts to achieve sustainable peace, development, and more resilient and inclusive societies”, said Ms. Mohammed, stressing that a 30 percent quota is a crucial first step towards the equal representation of women in all sectors of life – from business to public service, and from elections to appointments.

Unresolved issues surrounding parliamentary quotas, and women’s participation in elections in Somalia were highlighted by UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed in the Security Council on 28 September 2021, with the aim of increasing their involvement in the political process.

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