The conversation surrounding women’s political participation is at an all-time high, with civil society organizations, interested stakeholders, and the central government all clamoring to have their piece heard. The narrative is startlingly the same, “women deserve more seats at the table”,” women are severely unrepresented”, “women deserve more”, but actions speak louder, and that remains a rarity yet to be seen.
During Election Campaigns, the majority of the voters are women, and surprisingly all male-dominated political parties target to attract women voters. They include their political programs to increase women’s political participation, and sometimes they sign commitment letters of 30% voluntary quota for women in their executive branch if they win. But after elections, they forget all those promises. In practice, women remain underrepresented in all public offices, including the executive branch and elected offices.
Somaliland’s combined parliamentary and local councils’ elections are scheduled to happen on 31st May of 2021. Even though the Candidates list is not final, CPA found that there are only 13 women candidates for the parliamentary seats out of the 246 candidates. And 14 female candidates for the local elections out of the 650+ candidates. The expected total candidates of Somaliland combined elections from the three political parties were 993 candidates, but some of the Electoral districts have no candidates for different reasons.
Currently, there is only a one-woman MP out of 82 members in the Somaliland House of Representatives. and 0 women MP in the House of Elders. And 10 women local councilors out of 323 local councilors. Thus, women running for parliamentary and local councils are facing major challenges in this stage before the election date. However, some assumptions say most voters are women, and the question is, why are they not voting for them?
|No.||Name of Candidate||Local or Parliament||Political Party|
|1||Waris Xuseen Cige||MP||UCID|
|2||Xaliimo Xuseen Yuusuf||MP||UCID|
|3||Saado Jaamac Aadan||MP||UCID|
|4||Aamina Cilmi Fariid||MP||UCID|
|5||Canab Cabdi Xirsi||MP||UCID|
|6||Sacdiya Aw Muuse||MP||UCID|
|7||Hadiya Maxamuud Ismaaciil||Local Councilor||UCID|
|8||Hinda Cabdilaahi Xuseen||Local Councilor||UCID|
|9||Faadumo Maaweel Ducaale||Local Councilor||UCID|
|10||Sucaad Warsame Maxamed||Local Councilor||UCID|
|11||Dalays Shire Faarax||MP||Kulmiye|
|12||Samsam Maxamed Cige||MP||Kulmiye|
|13||Amran Bile Cali||MP||Kulmiye|
|14||Aamina Axmed Saalax||MP||Kulmiye|
|15||Khadiija Ahmed Aadan||Local Councilor||Kulmiye|
|16||Kiin Cali Askar||Local Councilor||Kulmiye|
|17||Hodan Khaliif Maxamed||Local Councilor||Kulmiye|
|18||Nimco Maxamed Cawaale||Local Councilor||Kulmiye|
|19||Sahra Aw-Cilmi Maxamuud||Local Councilor||Kulmiye|
|20||Suleekha Maxamed Xasan||Local Councilor||Kulmiye|
|21||Sucaad Ibraahin Cabdi||MP||Wadani|
|22||Sucaad Carmiye Odowaa||MP||Wadani|
|23||Kubra Xasan Maxamed||MP||Wadani|
|24||Aamina Faarax Cali||Local Councilor||Wadani|
|25||Xaawa Saalax Mire||Local Councilor||Wadani|
|26||Aamina Maxamed Jaamac||Local Councilor||Wadani|
|27||Maryan Sh Daahir Geele||Local Councilor||Wadani|