GAROWE, Somalia Jul 19 2012 (Garowe Online) – A one day
Women’s conference was held in Garowe, where women from regions across Somalia
discussed their role in the proposed
Garowe Online reports.
Puntland President Abdirahman Mohamed Farole officially
opened the Women’s conference held at the Ministry of Women and Family affairs in
Women officials from Galmudug, Himan and Heeb, Ahlu Sunna and
Hiiraan region and officials from the UN were all in attendance to discuss
women’s role in the new proposed constitution.
The various officials met to give their thoughts on the proposed
constitution that states that women will receive 30% of the parliamentary seats.
President Farole gave a brief statement at the conference
stating the importance of the role of women and how this constitution will
solidify their position in Somalia.
“This article in the constitution will empower women to have
a voice in the policies and development of Somalia,” said President Farole.
Puntland Minister of Women and Family Affairs Asho Gelle
also gave a brief statement to begin the conference welcoming the different
women representatives who travelled to Garowe to attend the conference.
“I want to thank the women who came from across Somalia and took
time in their busy schedule to take part in this very important conference,”
said Minister Asho.
The discussions continued for most of the day as the
officials gave their input on their role in the proposed government which
according to Minister Asho will be documented and submitted to signatories.