Somali Women Development organized third phase of the “together reconciliation” workshop in Galkacyo, the capital of Mudug region of Somalia for 30 women participants coming from Abdudwaq, Dhusa Mareb, Galkacyo and Hiiraan as sequence of two previous workshops. The main purpose of this workshop was to enhance the capacity of the women Trainer of Trainees (TOTs) with regard to peace and reconciliation in the region in order to enable to active participate in regional administration. The opening session of the workshop was held in Mogadishu on 5th February 2015 attended by key stakeholders from central regions.
The workshops continued for five days facilitated by SWDC training team with the following specific objectives:-
1- To empower women TOTs and equip them with the knowledge of reconciliation and peace building of which they are required to resettle the recent disputes in the region
2- To enable them to become peace agents so that they can lead peace initiative in the central regions and bring about changes towards culture of peace
3- To allow them to convey the message of women participation rights in peace, reconciliation and regional politics to grass roots communities
4- To increase their skills and knowledge on good governance, democracy, peace and conflict resolution as well as constitution making concepts.
Methodology applied during the five days sessions was participatory approach comprised:-
- Limited lecturering
- Group discussion
- Case stories
- Role plays
- Songs and poems
- Press releases
- Q & A
Participants felt the need of peace settlements in central regions and inclusion of women in all decision making process at regional and national levels. After compeletion of the five days workshop, Mr Abdi Awale Qeybdid, the president of Galmudug state spoke on the occasion by thanking to SWDC for organizing this significant event and the participants for sparing their time. Mr Qeybdid called for the participants to apply the skills and the knowledge in resettling the current clan based disputes in the region.