Kampala, 15 June 2013: The Gender Unit of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) today concluded a four-day workshop on drafting Somalia’s National Gender Policy held in Kampala-Uganda at Golf Course Hotel.
Participants identified key opportunities and challenges allowing them to develop a deeper understanding of gender issues.The delegates further shared experiences from neighboring nations on implementing gender policies.
The workshop mapped out and formulated Somalia’s first National Gender Policy to be approved by the Federal Government of Somalia through its parliament. Participants were engaged in role-playing and group work to put in effect the identified economic empowerment, health, education, political participation and decision making as four priority areas.
The sessions were interactive and relevant scenarios were used to contextualize given concepts. The participants adopted strategies to harmonize the Gender policy plans and mitigate challenges in the development of these policies aiming to eradicate gender inequality, empower women and benefit all people of Somalia.
In closing the workshop, H.E Siyad Ahmed Sheikh Dahir, Somali Ambassador to Uganda, on behalf of the Somali Government thanked AMISOM for supporting the Government of Somalia and reaffirmed that the draft formulation of this Gender Policy will go a long way in strengthening the development of Somalia.
Somali news leader