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UN calls for implementation of 30 percent women’s quota in Somalia

MOGADISHU (SD) – UN has called for decisive action by Somali leaders to ensure gender equality and full participation of women in all spheres of life.

In a statement issued in Mogadishu to mark the International Women’s Day, which falls on Monday,the United Nations commended Somali women for their immense contributions to peace and development in the country.

UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan said it is time for Somalia’s contribution to be recognized and translated into concrete actions.

“Throughout the years, Somali women have played an extraordinary role in reconciliation, peacebuilding, and development,” said the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan. “In my conversations with Somalis, they often tell me that women are the backbone of the Somali society.

UN also lauded Somali women for their huge contributions and being on the frontlines to defeat COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

“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. More needs to be done in terms of prevention but also to ensure there are adequate services available for victims and survivors,” said Mr. Swan.

Swan urged all Somali stakeholders to honour the commitment made to implement the agreed 30 per cent women’s quota when electing the representation for the Upper House and 11th Parliament.

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