The UN Senior envoy to Somalia on Sunday lauded contribution of women towards peace and stability of the country.
James Swan, the Special Representative of UN Secretary General for Somalia, commended the role of Somali women in the country’s progress while also encouraging greater efforts to ensure their participation in all spheres of the Somali society.
Swan said in a statement issued on the Int’l Women’s Day in Mogadishu, Somali women have made important contributions as Somalia rebuilds and continues on its path to peace and stability.
The Theme of this year’s Int’l Women’s Day is ” I am generation equality realizing women’s rights.”
The UN envoy also encourages renewed attention by national leaders to draft sexual offences and Female Genital Mutilation Bills as cornerstones for the protection of women’s rights in Somalia.
Ahead of Somalia’s forthcoming one-man-one-vote elections, the UN in Somalia urged all Somali stakeholders particularly the political leadership to support women’s representation in politics and decision making and to guarantee at equality becomes a living reality for all Somalis regardless of their gender.
Swan said the UN strongly supports the minimum 30 percent women’s quota for the representation at the parliament.