On Sunday September 12th, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina J Mohammed landed in Mogadishu, Somalia to urge relevant stakeholders to commit to the election timeline and to also advocate for Somali women’s political participation.
In two separate settings, the Deputy-Secretary General met with President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo, and Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble and the National Consultative Council (NCC), whose members include regional state presidents, urging all to commit to ensuring peaceful and timely elections.
“Prime Minister Roble and other members of the NCC have shown great leadership and commitment to advance women’s political participation, including through specific measures such as decreasing fees for women candidates and appointing Goodwill Ambassadors and Champions to advocate for greater inclusion,” the Deputy Secretary-General stated.
The Deputy Secretary-General also met with various civil society members, including tribal elders and women leaders to discuss women’s role in Somali politics and ways to ensure that the 30% quota is realized.
The elections for the Upper House are currently ongoing. The presidential elections are scheduled to take place on October 10th 2021.
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