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A group of Somali women are meeting in Mogadishu on Tuesday to start a process towards the development of a National Action Plan (NAP) to strengthen their participation in peace-building and socio-economic progress in the stabilization and rebuilding efforts for Somalia.

The three-day conference organized by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is focusing on the action plan for women’s political participation, women in mediation and women in the security sector, the AU mission said in a statement issued in Mogadishu.

In his opening remarks, Simon Mulongo, deputy special representative of the chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia, said the meeting is also aimed at deepening the implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.

“As we continue to support and work with the government and the people of Somalia on reconstituting the state, rehabilitating and rebuilding Somalia, we want to focus on the issue of women in the entire equation of how to rebuild Somalia,” said Mulongo.

“Today’s conference marks the beginning of efforts to make Somalia a full participant in the recognition of women to participate fully in issues of peace and security,” he added.

The United Nations Security Council in 2000 adopted Resolution 1325 which affirms that peace and security efforts are more sustainable when women are equal partners in the prevention of violent conflict, the delivery of relief and recovery efforts and in the forging of lasting peace.

The forum brought together women in politics, civil society and security sectors from the government and the federal member states.

Khadija Mohamed Diriye, minister of youth and sports, highlighted challenges of women and youth in Somalia and the need to implement the Security Council Resolution 1325.

“We have been working on this resolution for a while. It has not been fully implemented however we are keen to ensure full implementation now,” Diriye said. Enditem

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