SOMALIA / WOMEN ELECTORAL REFORM

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Somali women leaders called on members of the federal parliament to approve a pending electoral reform bill that would enshrine the principle of a 30 per cent gender quota in future national legislatures. UNSOM

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STORY: SOMALIA / WOMEN ELECTORAL REFORM
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SOURCE: UNSOM
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / SOMALI / NATS

DATELINE: 03 MARCH 2019, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

SHOTLIST:
1. Wide shot, Somali women leaders taking part in the roundtable discussion on Somali women’s political participation
2. Med shot, Former Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Culture, Faduma Ahmed Alim giving her views during the roundtable discussion on Somali women’s political participation
3. Close up, Former Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Culture, Faduma Ahmed Alim, giving her views during the roundtable discussion on Somali women’s political participation
4. Wide shot, Chairperson of Somali Women’s Leadership Initiative (SWLI), Asha Abdulle Siyad, giving her views during the roundtable discussion on Somali women’s political participation
5. Med shot, Chairperson of Somali Women’s Leadership Initiative (SWLI), Asha Abdulle Siyad, giving her views during the roundtable discussions on Somali women’s political participation
6. Med shot, Somali women leaders taking part in the roundtable discussions on Somali women’s political participation
7. SOUNDBITE (SOMALI) Asha Abdulle Siyad, Chairperson of Somali Women’s Leadership Initiative (SWLI):
“We came to exchange ideas and to take stock of the progress made, taking into consideration our past and our current situation so that we can adequately prepare for the upcoming elections in 2020.”
8. Wide shot, Somali women leaders taking part in the roundtable discussions on Somali women’s political participation
9. Close up, Fawzia Yusuf Haji Adan, member of the federal parliament and Chairperson of the National Democratic Party, listening during the roundtable discussions on Somali women’s political participation
10. Med shot, Shipra Bose, Senior Gender Advisor at the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) listening during the roundtable discussions on Somali women’s political participation
11. SOUNDBITE (SOMALI) Asha Abdulle Siyad, Chairperson of Somali Women’s Leadership Initiative (SWLI):
“The electoral law which provides for the 30 per cent quota on women representation has not been passed and it is our hope that it is passed by both the House of the People and the Senate and that the draft constitution will also be amended to reflect elect that.”
12. Wide shot, Somali women leaders taking part in the roundtable discussions on Somali women’s political participation
13. Med shot, Somali women leaders taking part in the roundtable discussions on Somali women’s political participation
14. Wide shot, Somali women leaders taking part in the roundtable discussions on Somali women’s political participation
15. SOUNDBITE (SOMALI) Halima Ismail Ibrahim, Chairperson of The National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC):
“This conference is about the rights of the Somali women and coincides with the events to mark the International Women’s Day. This conference is very important for us as the Electoral Commission since we are preparing for elections at the end of 2020, which explains why the civil society organizations have gathered here so as to discuss how to enhance their participation in the elections.”
16. Med shot, Somali women leaders taking part in the roundtable discussions on Somali women’s political participation
17. Med shot, Chair of Karan District Women Association, Suldano Ahmed Mohamed, giving her views during the roundtable discussions on Somali women’s political participation
18. Close up, Chair of Karan District Women Association, Suldano Ahmed Mohamed, giving her views during the roundtable discussions on Somali women’s political participation
19. SOUNDBITE (SOMALI) Zeinab Mohamed Hassan, Founder and Chairperson of the Somali Gender Equity Movement:
“The reason we came here is to discuss the future of Somali women and how they will participate in politics and their involvement in the decision-making process.”
20. Wide shot, the Chairperson of Women, Education and Voicing Entrepreneurship, Asli Ismail Duale, giving her views during the roundtable discussions on Somali women’s political participation
21. Close up, the Chairperson of Women, Education and Voicing Entrepreneurship, Asli Ismail Duale, giving her views during the roundtable discussions on Somali women’s political participation
22. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Asli Ismail Duale, Chairperson of Women, Education and Voicing Entrepreneurship:
“When it comes to business and the economy of this country, the people who are helping this country are women, whether they are selling tea in the street, or they are importing food or importing oil to this country. Women constitute 60 per cent of this country’s economy. Only 40 per cent is owned by men. Ironically they are not seen anywhere in decision-making.”
23. Med shot, Somali women leaders taking part in the roundtable discussions on Somali Women’s political participation
24. Wide shot, Somali women leaders taking part in the roundtable discussions on Somali Women’s political participation
25. Med shot, Shipra Bose, Senior Gender Advisor at UNSOM, taking notes during the roundtable discussions on Somali women’s political participation

STORYLINE:

Somali women leaders called on members of the federal parliament to approve a pending electoral reform bill that would enshrine the principle of a 30 per cent gender quota in future national legislatures.

At the roundtable discussion at the Somali Women’s Leadership Initiative, the chairperson of the initiative Asha Abdulle Siyad said “the electoral law which provides for the 30 percent quota on women representation has not been passed, and it is our hope that it is passed by both the House of the People and the Senate and the draft constitution will also be amended to reflect that.”

The forum was held under the theme “Somali women unite for inclusive politics” and drew more than 30 women representing the federal parliament, civil society, the National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC), diaspora communities, political parties and academia.

Siyad said the discussions will take stock of the progress made by Somali women to date and review the challenges still facing them as they prepare for one-person, one-vote elections scheduled to take place in 2020.

The roundtable was supported by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and is one in a series of events organized by Somali women leaders ahead of the International Women’s Day celebrations that will be held on Friday, 8 March.

A joint communique on the way forward will be issued at a three-day Somali Women’s Convention, which commences tomorrow in Mogadishu.

The NIEC chairperson Halima Ismail Ibrahim lauded the roundtable event, noting that the discussions will help Somali women overcome the obstacles that surface during elections.

She said “this conference is about the rights of the Somali women and coincides with the events to mark the International Women’s Day.”

She added that the electoral commission will work closely with civil society to educate the public about the electoral reforms being undertaken ahead of the country’s next round of elections.

Participants at the meeting discussed a variety of topics ranging from the constitutional review process and affirmative action to electoral and political party processes and barriers to women’s participation in politics.

During the 2016 electoral process, female representation in the federal parliament rose from 14 per cent in the outgoing legislature to 24 per cent. However, the increase fell short of the 30 per cent quota goal, which women leaders are planning to endorse for the 2020 elections.

The chairperson of the non-governmental organization Women, Education and Voicing Entrepreneurship, Asli Ismail Duale, lamented what she called the marginalization of women in decision-making processes and called for effective action to empower them.

She said “when it comes to business and the economy of this country, the people who are supporting this country are women. Women contribute 60 per cent of the country’s economy while men contribute 40 per cent, yet ironically women are not seen anywhere in decision-making.”
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