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The aim of this study is to provide evidence on factors that influence the participation of Somali women in leadership positions in government/political structures. The study findings will also provide a better understanding of enablers and barriers to participation and how women navigate these.
The specific objectives are to:
- Synthesise available literature on Somali women’s participation and engagement in political and government decision-making processes and structures, with a focus on identifying the enabling factors and constraints to participation.
- Map the number of women represented in decision-making roles in the political and government decision-making structures, at federal, regional and local levels.
- Assess factors that have enabled and encouraged Somali women MPs, ministers in government, women leaders in the armed forces and police units, and civil society leaders to reach leadership positions.
- Examine the factors that have constrained the achievements of Somali women MPs, ministers in government, women leaders in the armed forces and police units, and civil society and how women leaders have navigated these constraints.
- Assess the level of participation, and enablers and barriers to participation of Somalia diaspora women1 in decision-making roles in government and political structures relative to local women.
- For women in leadership positions, assess the extent to which they are able to participate in high level decision-making, under what circumstances, and with what impact.
- Based on findings, compare and contrast the role and decision-making ability of women as political leaders both within and between at federal, regional and local political levels – it’s interesting that the limited participation that is there is focused at the local level. It would be interesting for the research to explore the issue of whether there is any potential for local to influence provincial or national.