HARGEISA – Several women’s advocacy groups on Thursday (Oct 18) criticized Somaliland President Musa Bihi Abdi for the lack of female representation in his government, after he appointed 19 males to four government agencies earlier this week.
“The women of Somaliland are concerned about the appointments made by President Bihi, especially the recent appointments of 19 men to four government commissions,” said A female representative who spoke on behalf of the all-women coalition at the press conference.
“We are calling on the women of Somaliland to unite and call on President Musa Bihi Abdi to respect Somalilander women, and the important role of women in our society,”
NAGAAD network, Somaliland’s leading female empowerment organization, also released a press release on Thursday, highlighting specific government positions lacking female representation.
“Somaliland’s women’s advocacy groups are disappointed with the appointments made by the President of Somaliland, Musa Bihi Abdi, specifically in the following sectors
– Council of Ministers
– Director General
– Regional Governors
– City Managers
– Regional Ministerial Officials
– Members of Independent Government Agencies
– State Attorneys
– Presidential Advisors and all Government Advisors
The women of Somaliland, who make up 55% of the total population, and constitute the majority of Somaliland’s voters, are being deprived of their constitutional rights.”
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