By Goth Mohamed Goth
He President Ahmed Mohamed Mahmoud Silanyo has meet with representatives of the civil society, women groups and non-governmental organizations today at the Presidential palace.
The representatives who were mostly drawn from women groups and organizations awarded a certificate of appreciation to H.E President Ahmed Mohamed Mahmoud Silanyo and the First Lady Amina Sheik Mohamed Jirde for their continued role in supporting equality for women and girls which is not only a basic human right, it is also a social and economic imperative.
Speaking at the occasion was Mrs. Kaltuun Hassan Sheik Abdi, chairperson NAGAAD umbrella representing Somaliland women groups said, “You’re Excellency, if I may point to the recently concluded ruling party third convention and in the past we (Women) have being delighted hear those words of encouragement and also your continued advocacies of women’s political participations and equal participation but also for your support girl education and financial empowerment and for those three things , I do hereby on behalf of my fellow Somaliland women say thank you once again.
The representatives of the Women organizations recommended to the head of state the need for a reasonable quota of seats should be set aside for women and other minority groups in all the national decision-making institutions because they ‘re currently under-represented in decision-making processes.
President Silanyo addressing the representatives started by saying “As we all know women in Somaliland took a significant and positive role in the different stages of the national reconstruction process, including the initial reconciliation and peace-building, rehabilitation and the most current democratisation stage. “ I think no one needs to be lectured that women are not only the majority of the population but they’re also widely acknowledged to be the glue that binds the social and economic configuration of the country. Women have also assumed a critical role in the progress of the national democratisation process.
“We shouldn’t let outdated clan influences deter us as you’re aware of we tender to select candidates by the clans or sub-clans rather than the Political Parties or Associations and this barriers are the reason women are denied representation in the national decision-making institutions , I hope together we shall be removed soon rather than later because women constitute the majority of the voters, as well as, supporters of the political parties and associations, which has been critical in the establishment of the multi-party democratization programme in the past years”, he said.
lastly President Silanyo stated , “So it’s my duty as the President and any other President in the future to make sure that a reasonable quota of seats should be set aside for women in all the national decision-making institutions, God willing I hope all of us shall work together in achieving this goal.