On 7th August, 2014 SWDC Gender sector has conducted the third grassroot education forum and debate on Women political participation and Constitution provision for 50 participants who included Women Groups, youths, Clan Elders, Business Men and Women, Religious leaders, Host communities, IDPs and members of the Civil Society.
Objective of the Forum
The main objective of the Forum was to discuss ways to enhance women’s political participation and undertaking decision-making positions at Grassroot level.
The well-organized event was officially opened by Mrs. Maryam Takhal Hussein who is one of the community mobilisers SWDC Gender unit who thanked everybody for the sparing their good time and the turn up they have made in the gathering.
She was seconded by one of the guest who is also UNDP Gender program national officer Mss.Leilo Abdullahi Daud who greeted and thanked all the attendants for the good turn they have shown in addition to that she reminded the participants the importance of lobbing and advocating for Women in political participation ,mrs Leilo said that Women struggle a lot for the country independence, bread winners of the family, bring up and Educate children, yet they don’t get their political and social rights within the society, therefore this is the right time we all stand together to make the public understand the importance of supporting ambitious female politicians starting from the Grassroot level to National level to make sure that the required percentage of Women in parliament representation is achieved.
Thereafter the facilitator Mr. Shekh Ibrahim took over the floor and started making the necessary introduction among the participants’ areas they come from as well as their occupation which was all done, after that Norms to be observed in the course of the session as well as the expectation and the concerns of the attendants was jointly written down.
The facilitator tabled for discussion why Women are few in both Public and private sectors
- The following were participant’s opinion;
- Inadequate knowledge
- Stiff competition from Men
- Cultural and religious barrier (used as a tool to bar them in participating both public and private sectors
- Lack of self confidence in them
- Lack of socio economic and political empowerment
- Lack of Gender and Equality practice in all aspect of life(male dominance)
- There are no proper procedures /criteria used in employ
- Meant opportunities
- Feminism ideology
- Clan factor(tribalism)
- No proper follow up or measures from the Government institution in identifying the gaps why Women are left behind.