Saturday, 16 January 2010

Building Peace in the Space of Civil Society: The Case of Somali Women I

In this short presentation, I will provide discussion on women’s gained space in the civil society space, the origins of women’s organizations, their activism and their roles in peacebuilding in Somalia. I will also address some of the challenges facing them.
War affects everyone negatively but also transforms people positively, including women. In Somalia, the heroes have been Somali women who have been saving their war-ravaged nation. I would like to say that: “There are only two things going for Somalia: God and women. Both God and women have not let Somalia down. The war provided Somali women opportunity to re-examine their own identity as women (their status) and recognized their own agency and capacities.

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