PROJECT NAME: PROMOTING WOMEN’S POLITICAL PARTICIPATION, REPRESENTATION AND LEADERSHIP IN SOMALIA FUNDED BY UNITED NATION DEMOCRACY FUND

PROJECT OVERVIEW

This Project aims to reduce inequality among women and men in the targeted Somali communities and challenge discrimination against women through promoting an inclusive society. The project will mainly contribute to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5, gender equality, but also SDG 10, reduced inequalities and SDG 16 peace, justice and strong institutions of the SDGs.

The project’ is to promote women’s leadership and political participation in Galmudug and Puntland states of Somalia, through awareness raising, advocacy, and capacity building at the grassroots level. The project planned to engage 158 youth
(both girls and boys), 84 elders, 84 influential women and girls, 14 local councilors and, 60 representatives from 30 CSOs/CBOs and media. The project will establish a forum in the two target districts, as a space for women’s participation.
Somalia has gone through prolonged and persistent democratic challenges, very often putting the legitimacy of existing legal framework and representation into jeopardy. The new provisional constitution formulated in 2012 is largely criticized for its legal ambiguities. It does not clearly articulate the new structure of federal states While 50.2% of the Somali population is women, there is extreme discrimination against women, non-recognition of their roles in decision making processes for social service provision, extremely low participation in politics and senior appointed positions in the executive branch. Women’s representation in local council and parliament is limited, creating huge gender gaps at the community and governance structure and gross violations against human rights. The non-participation of women directly affected the entire development processes of the Somali society and community. The obligation of the government on civic education is inadequate or lacking in action. The possibility to access for private media for purpose of civic education is difficult because of its costs.

PROJECT ACTIVITIES
1. SBACO will conduct a baseline survey by
collecting baseline data involve identification
of the target beneficiaries capturing their
perceptions, level of knowledge, behaviours
and attitudes on women leadership and
political participation
2. Two one-day project launch and baseline validation workshops held with 70 participants in Galkayo and Adado
3. Two 2-day advocacy strategy workshop conducted
4. IEC messages developed and materials Produced
5. Conduct community based awareness message campaigns on gender equality and political participation by participating media organizations