EISA Somalia: Participation by women, youth and marginalised groups


Enhancing gender equality and empowering marginalised groups

5-6 Aug 2020

EISA in partnership with the Marginalised Communities Advocates Network - (MCA) held a two-day workshop in Mogadishu on enhancing gender equality and empowerment of marginalised groups in constitutional and electoral processes.

Thirty five participants, 30 women and 5 men, attended the workshop. Youth groups and members of civil society organisations were among those who attended and constructively participated in the workshop.

SOM TV newsclip on the inclusion of the disabled people in the electoral process
The inclusion of disabled people in the electoral process

27 Jul 2020

EISA, in partnership with the Somali Disability Custer (SDC), held a one-day workshop in Mogadishu. The discussion focused on the rights of people with disability and the inclusion of the disabled in the electoral process.

Fifty people from disabled people's advocacy organisations attended the workshop.

In the news

SOMALISAN NEWS 2020 Hay'ada EISA ayaa dadka naafada u qabtay tabbar doorashoyinka, 28 Jul (accessed 28 Sep 2020)

ILWAREED ONLINE 2020 EISA Organized election Process training Workshop for the Somali Disability people in Mogadishu, 27 Jul (accessed 28 Sep 2020)

Video on Somali Women's 30% Quota in the 2020/2021 election
Towards a 30% parliamentary representation quota for women

21 Jul 2020

EISA in partnership with Somali Women Leadership Initiative (SWLI) conducted a workshop in Mogadishu to raise women's awareness and understanding of the political process of the upcoming federal election of 2020/21 and to empower women to come forward and join political parties.

The activity was attended by women from the House of the People, Senate, political parties and CSOs, as well as women from Benadir Regional Administration and women activists and lobbyists.

CSO-State consultative forum on election participation by women

12-13 Jul 2020

EISA in partnership with Somali Women Development Centre (SWDC) convened a consultative forum in Mogadishu. The aim was to bring women from different social and political sectors together to strive for a 30% quota for women in parliament, and also to encourage them take part in the electoral process.

The forum was attended by 30 women from different political areas such as women-led CSOs, current MPs, candidates in previous elections, political aspirants, lawyers and university students.


Enhancing Gender Equality and Empowerment of Marginalized Women

3-4 Dec 2020

EISA supported a partner, the Marginalised Communities Advocates (MCA) Network, to engage the communities in Jowhar, Hirshabelle, on the topic "Enhancing Gender Equality and Empowerment of Marginalized Women group in the Constitutional and electoral processes". The workshop was attended by 65 participants (63 females and 2 males). The workshop was also attended by the Ministry of Women and Human Rights, the deputy ministry of constitution and the chairperson of civil societies. The workshop raised awareness about the participation of women and youth in the political process, as well as the inclusion of members from the marginalised communities.

Multiparty youth dialogue: Socialisation, gender relations and political participation

3 Dec 2019

EISA held a one-day multiparty dialogue with youth leaders from newly formed political parties in Mogadishu. The objective was to recognise and internalise how socialisation impacts on gender relations and hinders women's ability to participate and meaningfully contribute to political parties as well as to develop a common understanding on gender, inclusion, and governance. The meeting was attended by 32 participants (26 males and 6 females).

The dialogue was an opportunity for youth political leaders to voice their concerns and explore areas of common interest. Some of the concerns raised include their limited space within parties and delays in passing the electoral law by parliament. Leaders made suggestions to promote dialogue within their parties in order to manage internal tensions and to have inclusive dialogue.

Democratic Coffee Breaks: Youth & women's empowerment

30 Nov 2019

In order to increase political knowledge among Somali women and youth, EISA invited political party's youth leaders to participate in a one-day meeting on 30 November in Mogadishu. Twenty-three participants (18 male and 5 female) attended. At the end of the event, participants were able to identify who the Somali electoral stakeholders are, articulate their roles and how they, as political parties, relate to these stakeholders.

At the end of the meeting a notable number of participants from the political parties requested EISA to allow them to continue with the meeting as they wanted to reflect on what they had have learned. Some suggested forming a coalition to push the youth agenda. EISA is following upon the developments.

Dialogue: The role of women in the constitutional review process

6-7 Nov 2019

EISA supported its partner, the Somali Women's Leadership Initiative (SWLI), to expand its dialogue and experience sharing round table series on: "Role of Women and Provisional Constitution Review Process". SWLI convened a two-day workshop with women leaders from 17 Banadir Administration Region districts on 6 - 7 November 2019. A total of 67 women leaders and community influencers have benefited from this workshop which will improve their participation in public affairs in their communities.

Consultative meetings with leaders of women's groups

6 Nov 2019

Consultative meeting with women's groups in Mogadishu, September 2019

EISA Somalia held the second meeting with leaders of women's groups from across five Somalia Federation Member States. The meeting was held in Mogadishu, on 6 November 2019 and attended by 20 women. This was the start of the process to solicit buy-in from beneficiaries.

These meetings allowed both EISA and the leaders of women's groups to harmonise an understanding of issues pertaining to women's political participation and committing to the implementing strategy proposed by the action. A task group of seven women was set up to take part in the development of a manual to be used in 2020.

Capacity building: Women's participation in politics and public affairs

Updated Sep 2019

On 8 September 2019, EISA Somalia conducted a consultative meeting with women's groups in Mogadishu to discuss the development of need-based tools to strengthen advocacy and lobbying for women's participation in leadership positions and political space.


Civic participation for people with disabilities workshop

Following consultative meeting with PWD groups EISA organised a two-day training workshop on the theme 'Civic participation for people with disabilities'. The training was devoted to basic human rights, fundamental concepts of democracy and elections. Ministry of Constitutional Affairs (MoCA) was invited to make presentations on the provisional constitution and to discuss the importance of a constitution. The meeting opened the door for further discussions and future co-operation between the PWD community and the ministry.

Capacity building for Somali youth organisations

EISA conducted a series of capacity-building training sessions for youth organisations, focusing on results-based strategic management to provide them with the skills necessary to manage grants relating to civic education and democratisation. Twenty participants between the ages of 14 and 28, 12 of whom were women, attended the workshops on 17 and 18 January, completing the series of workshops started in November 2017. All the participants were awarded certificates of completion.

Women civil society actors and local authorities

Cognisant of the fact that Somali women's public participation is still weak despite the new political dispensation, EISA supported its partner, the Somali Women's Leadership Initiative (SWLI), to organise a dialogue and experience sharing round table on: "Exchanging best practices on good governance at local level and enhancing cooperation between women civil society actors and local authorities". The round table which took place on 3 May 2018 in Mogadishu drew 40 women including community leaders, CSO activists, lobbyists and officials from districts and ministries.

Subsequent round tables were conducted and more than 200 women leaders and community influencers benefited from them, which were aimed at improving their participation in public affairs in their communities.

Somali youth on democracy and elections training

April 2018

On 23 April 2018, EISA conducted a closing session of the series of workshops for Somali youth on democracy and elections that have been held since September 2017. Twenty participants, 11 female and 9 males aged between 14 and 28 years represented youth organizations, universities and secondary schools. All the participants were awarded certificates of completion. This half-day session wrapped up the series of capacity building workshops provided by EISA to the Somali youth organizations. The training successfully enabled participants to gain an understanding of the link between democracy and elections.


Mogadishu: Training of youth representatives in the democracy and elections

September 2017 - January 2018

The workshops focused on the training of youth representatives in democracy and elections. The final training of the series which began in September 201 took place in January 2018 with a certificate ceremony held in March 2018. A two day workshop for representatives of youth organisations, universities and high schools in November 2017 and January 2018 was held in Mogadishu attended by a total of 20 participants between the age of 14 and 28 years, 12 of whom were young women. The training held on the 17 and 18 November focused on elections and political parties and that of the 17 and 18 January focused on results based strategic management which will provide the youth organisations with the skills to manage grants relating to civic education and democratisation.

Somaliland education and information workshops

November 2017

In November 2017, three back-to-back voter education and information workshops were held in Hargeisa. The first workshop, held on 1 and 2 November, focused on special interest groups, which included participants from the Disability Action Network (DAN), Nagaad Women's network, Somaliland Pastoral Forum (SOLPAF), and Somaliland National Youth Organization (SONYO). The second workshop, held on 4t and 5 November, focused on media organisations and other CSOs, including SOLJA, Women in Journalism Association (WIJA), Somaliland Association for Youth Salvation (SAYS), New Circus Somaliland, and Asal. A final workshop was held on 7 and 8 November, for all six BUILD Grantees on the same topic, i.e. voter education and information. The six Grantees are; Academy for Development and Advocacy of Minorities (ADAM), Horn of Africa Voluntary Youth Committee Organization (HAVOYOCO), Somaliland Association of Youth Salvation (SAYS), Somaliland Society Development Organization (SOSDO), Sool United Non-Governmental Organization (SUNGO) and the Youth PEER Education Network (Y-PEER).