UN Women partners with the Somaliland Women Lawyers Association (SWLA)


UN Women is partnering with the Somaliland Women Lawyers Association (SWLA) to improve women’s access to the local justice system and enhance their legal empowerment.

“UN Women is pleased that the partnership with SWLA will support legal empowerment interventions for the most marginalized through the training of community volunteers, the provision of legal aid, and by establishing women coalitions for community mobilization, legislation and policy advocacy,” said UN Women’s Country Program Manager, Sadiq Syed.

The UN official was speaking earlier this week in Somaliland’s capital, Hargeisa, at the launch of the project – entitled ‘Women’s access to justice and legal empowerment for women and girls in Somaliland,’ implemented in partnership with the SWLA and with funding from the Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) Joint Program on the Rule of Law.

In her remarks at the launch, SWLA’s Chairperson, Ifrah Adam Mohamad, outlined the challenges of women’s legal empowerment in Somaliland and highlighted the work of SWLA.

Somaliland is committed to advancement of women’s issues unlike Somalia were it alleged women’s are subjected to state killing that sparked division between the Somalia President and his Prime Minister


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