Somaliland: Parliament Urged to Realize Affirmative Action Legislatively


Women better off through concerted efforts

By: Osman A.M.

HARGEISA (Somalilandsun) – Parliament has been advocated to enact legislations in realizing affirmative action by reserving elective seats to women in fulfilling gender parity as pledged by the President in his speech during the state of the nation address.

This was delivered by Ms. Amal Misan, president’s special advisor on gender issues who challenged the legislature comprising of the lower (House of Representatives) & the upper (House of Elders) to draft legislative Bills giving women a clean bill of health when it comes to elective seats in readiness of the coming Parliamentary contests.

The head of state in his annual state of the nation address before parliamentarians drawn from the two chambers underscored the need for establishing a legal framework reserving elective positions for women to contest amongst themselves.

“I therefore call upon the legislature to make affirmative action realized so that women can take part in national development” lobbied the Presidential Advisor on gender matters.

President Silanyo’s administration is the only regime that has engaged women in decision making process of all other successive regimes to have ruled this nation since its inception in 1991.

Silanyo has appointed women leaders as cabinet ministers in the Education and Environment & Rural Development dockets by naming Zamzam Abdi Adan and Shukri Ismail Bandare respectively in addition to naming women politicians to deputize Health and Labor & Social Services portfolios