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A national action plan for women in the Somali maritime sector is underway


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Strengthening and supporting the role of women in the security and maritime sector is an important part of Somalia’s development. Efforts to enhance opportunities for Somali women in their maritime sector have recently made great strides at national rallies aimed at establishing the next action in this area.

EUCAP Somalia, along with the United Nations Somalia Mission (UNSOM), is supporting the Department of Port Shipping (MPMT) and the Ministry of Women’s Human Rights Development (MWHRD) in the implementation of women’s (WiMS) projects in the shipping sector. ..

The National Conference on WiMS, held on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, was attended by representatives of the federal and provincial governments of Somalia, civil society, and international partners.

The conference followed a similar event from the previous year that provided the conference platform last week. This is the “1st Conference for Women in the Maritime Sector” held in September 2019. The 2nd “Women in the Maritime Sector” conference held in March 2020. October 20-21 (Jubaland), November 20-30 (Harshabel), November 23-24, 2021 (Southwest), December 20-21 (Garmdug), December 15-16 A series of councils will be held in each federal member state. (Pantland).

Last week at the National Council on WiMS, federal and state-level proposals to empower women in the maritime sector to be included in the National Action Plan were discussed.

“Without the participation of women at all levels, competence cannot be successfully built and built in a sustainable manner. Therefore, EUCAP Somalia has a WiMS program to promote women’s employment and empowerment in the maritime sector. “We place the utmost importance,” said Dr. Fabian Loewenberg, Deputy Chief of Mission of EUCAP Somalia, at the beginning of the meeting.

“The development of the maritime sector and the blue economy plays an important role in building a prosperous future for Somalia,” he added. “Developing a national action plan for women in the maritime sector, sensitive to the specific needs of each federal member state, is the first milestone towards this goal that we continue to support.”

The ideas discussed at the conference included the introduction of scholarships for women to provide free education in the maritime sector, drafting a common gender policy for the maritime sector to ensure more gender equality, and the maritime sector. This included an increase in the number of women in senior positions. Organize a communication campaign to better disseminate information about the importance and opportunities provided by the Somali Maritime Domain.

The event in Mogadishu attracted 60 female participants from all over Somalia, as well as representatives of government and international partners. It was co-funded by EUCAP Somalia. EUCAP Somalia, along with the United Nations Somalia Mission (UNSOM), supports two major ministries: the Ministry of Shipping (MPMT) and the Ministry of Women’s Human Rights Development (MWHRD). ), Implementation of the WiMS initiative.

The WiMS consultation process will continue in early 2022, leading to the final decision and approval of the National Action Plan, which will be signed and published by MPMT and MWHRD in early 2022. The next step is an international partner to identify ways to secure technical and financial support.

Distributed by the APO Group on behalf of the EU Capacity Building Mission (EUCAP Somalia) in Somalia.

A national action plan for women in the Somali maritime sector is underway

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