Strengthening Somaliland Women’s Participation in Politics

PENHA ( Pastoral & Environmental Network in the Horn of Africa with the support of the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) has successfully conducted a three-day training of trainers workshop for 30 rural women leaders who are active in campaigns to strengthen women’s participation in politics and are advocates for The Quota from 17th to 19th of July, 2018 in Ambassador Hotel, Hargeisa Somaliland.

The Workshop conducted under the title of ‘Strengthening Women’s Participation in Politics: Training of Trainers Workshop for Rural Women Leaders’ was aimed at equipping women with skills for political campaigns and advocacy for The Quota. It is expected to enable them to train others in their Districts and to conduct follow-up events across the country. A National Task Force has been established to push for The Quota and the results of workshop are also expected to help rural women to join those efforts, and support women candidates in the next election

Workshop participants were drawn from each region and from 15 identified CSOs. Participants were women who are actively engaged in public affairs. To pursue an inclusive participatory process, PENHA has ensured clan balance and guaranteed that women from minority groups are involved. Women from urban areas (rural towns), farming, agro-pastoral and pastoral communities were also included

Contents covered during the three-day workshop, among other things:

Issues and challenges for women in political parties and elected bodies

Message development: key messages on women in politics and on The Quota

Campaign Strategy and Planning

The development of District Action Plans


This workshop is part of a program, funded by the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF). The program aims to strengthen women’s participation in politics. Its two specific objectives are to increase women’s representation in parliament and on local councils in Somaliland and to win approval of The Quota.