Hargeisa Symposium on Women’s Rights and Empowerment in Somaliland 2017
Remove gender inequality by empowering women.
Hargeisa Symposium on Women’s Rights and Empowerment in Somaliland will be organized by Human Rights Centre and Hangool Foundation assisted by Inspire Group Africa with the support of FORUMSYD.
The symposium will take place 23 September 2017 in Hargeisa, the capital of the Republic of Somaliland.
It will bring together government leaders, politicians, civil society representatives, women rights activists and experts to discuss women rights and empowerment to raise awareness on issues, provide opportunities and increase women and girls inclusion of decision making, politics, economic and social activities so they can take part in the development of Somaliland in the upcoming years. The symposium will honour and celebrate the success made by Somaliland women under hard environment dominated by men. It will give women and girls opportunity to raise their issues and set the agenda in an election period where the next president of Somaliland will be elected in November 2017.
The discussion will focus on the development of women in economics and lead the way to political inclusion for further advance in women’s empowerment and protect at the same time promoting their rights. The 2030 agenda of Sustainable Development Goal aims to ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision making and in political, economic and public life, and undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance, and natural resources, in accordance with national laws.
This high-level conference signals the strong priority attached to the protection and empowerment of women by Hangool Foundation, Human Rights Centre (HRC), the Somaliland Government and the international community. This event will provide a platform for the Government, organizations and Somaliland women rights activists to outline policy progress and plans on the protection
and empowerment of women.
Improving the situation of women is essential for Somaliland’s development. Over the last decade, significant improvements have occurred in the lives of women and girls in Somaliland, across the political, economic and social spheres. Nonetheless, the situation of Somali women is fragile. Women in Somaliland face widespread discrimination, human rights abuses, and major barriers to participating in the economy.
The Conference will include two panels, one focusing on the political and human rights of Somaliland women, and the other on their socio-economic situation, allowing for a comprehensive reflection on the challenges and opportunities to empowering Somaliland women.
Please find attached a PDF of the Programme