Somali Non-State Actors (SONSA) with the support of the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA), organised a CSOs roundtable in Mogadishu, Somalia on 24 February 2021. The 30 participants included political leaders and key women's CSOs. The objective of the roundtable was to develop a shared understanding of the key issues around womens political participation in Somalia. Discussions included challenges that hinder womens participation under the existing electoral system with a view of identifying advocacy strategies that will promote the implementation of the 30% women quota and strengthen womens participation in the anticipated 2020/2021 elections. The event also discussed advocacy strategies and documented recommendations for different stakeholders.
The roundtable was highly interactive, with a keynote address and discussions led by representatives from Save Somali Women and Children, Somalia Gender Equality Movement, HINNA, IIDA, Somali Women Lawyers Association, Women Journalists Association, Somali Women Development Centre(SWDC) and Somali Women's Leadership Initiative(SWLI).
A similar event is planned for 28 February 2021 in the Kismayo region.
This roundtable is one among other planned activities aimed at enhancing women political participation and reducing electoral conflict in Somalia under the Support to Peaceful elections in Somalia (PEACE ) project supported by the European Union.
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