Somalia Partnership Forum

Somalia Partnership Forum - Side Event on Women, Peace and Security

Date: Sunday, July 15, 2018

Somalia Partnership Forum - Side Event on Women, Peace and Security


Turning Policies into Reality – Ensuring Women’s Security and Meaningful Participation


Several factors impede women’s participation in decision and peace-making in Somalia including insecurity, patriarchal norms and economic vulnerability. Although the number of female parliamentarians rose to 24 percent in the 2016 Elections, women participation remains sidelined at the local level. To raise awareness on the role of Somali women in peace and security, there will be a ministerial breakfast meeting to deliberate on measures needed to turn policy ambitions into practical reality for the promotion and protection of women’s rights and their full involvement in political and peace processes.

It is for this reason that the Governments of Somalia and Sweden jointly with UN Women are hosting a women, peace and security side event during the Somalia Partnership Meeting. This side event will examine recent achievements, as well as challenges, regarding women’s representation and voice in peace and state-building and implementation of the security architecture. The meeting will develop concrete steps to the realization of increased women participation and possibilities to influence the on-going constitutional review, the 2020 elections, as well as national and local peace processes.


The event will feature a panel, including high-level representatives from the Federal Government of Somalia and international partners. These will include:

1.     Hon. Deqa Yasin Hagi Yusuf, Minister of Women and Human Rights Development of the Federal Republic of Somalia,

2.     H.E Margot Wallström, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden,


When            Tuesday 17th July 2018   from 08.00 am to -10.00 am

Where           Palais d'Egmont in Brussels, Belgium


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