By M.A. Egge
The Nagaad Umbrella Organization celebrated their 20th Anniversary and timed it to coincide with the International Women’s Day.
The commemoration was graced by the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Hon. Hinda Jama Hersi and prominent former Minister Lady Edna Adan Ismael amongst other personalities and Nagaad top officials.
It is worth noting that the women-folk are the majority bread winners for most of the families in the country hence sell all sorts of items in the markets and mainly do various kinds of tasks and chores in the rural areas.
The organization’s executive director Nafisa Yusuf gave the history of the society hence noted that Nagaad not only indulged in development and family progress only but also took part in the nation’s pacification processes.
On her part Lady Edna praised the efforts done and so far achieved by Nagaad over the two decades citing the fact that its leaders depicted pragmatism in going about their un-daunting tasks.
As they held their commemoration at a venue in Hargeisa they took time to mark the occasion by donating livestock to a local mental health facility in the city.
NAGAAD Network was founded in 1997 to advocate for women and children’s empowerment and to work towards achieving an egalitarian society where women, children and men are equally significant. Currently, NAGAAD is consisting representation of 46 women’s organizations across the country. It has operational offices in all six regions, and representative in Nairobi.
Nagaad was formed to serve as an organized, collective voice of women who were determined to fight for their socio-economic and political rights as equal citizens of Somaliland.
In regard to its structure and decision making process, Nagaad has a general assembly which represents the member organizations. This assembly elects eleven board members entrusted to the strategic guidance of the organization.