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A new training curriculum for the Somali judiciary has been launched by the Federal Government of Somalia, with the Minister of Justice H.E. Hassan Hussein Haji, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Hasan Ibrahim Idle Suleiman, and the Attorney General, Ahmed Ali Dahir, in attendance. The training course will be rolled out in Mogadishu as well as in Jubbaland, Southwest State, Galmudug, Hirshabelle, and Puntland, and will be run in collaboration with the Faculty of Law at Mogadishu University. Over three hundred and fifty judges, prosecutors and registrars will be trained as part of the programme in 2017.
Authorities from South West State, one of Somalia’s Federal Member States, officially launched the Local Government Law and kicked off the district council formation process in the state. The launch of the law on local government and commencement of the district council formation process means that these efforts can now officially move forward in the State.
Delegates from the European Union (EU), Sweden and Switzerland visited Kismayo in Jubbaland, as part of a UNDP/UNSOM facilitated donor tour. On this occasion, new office space was handed over to the Jubbaland Civil Service Commission.
In preparation for ‘one person, one vote’ elections in Somalia in 2020–2021, delegates from Palestine, Iraq, Sudan, Jordan, Yemen, Tunis, Nigeria, and Kenya meet in Nairobi to share experiences on political parties registration with Somalia’s Electoral Commission members; here Commissioner Hussein Abdi Adam, NIEC Somalia, with Anis Abu Al-Sebaa, Head of Political Parties Section, Central Election Commission, Palestine (left to right).
The Federal Government of Somalia has reiterated its commitment to unify the country to achieve lasting peace and stability. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the National Reconciliation Conference in Mogadishu on Tuesday, Deputy Prime Minister Mahdi Ahmed Guled said Somalia needs political and religious reconciliation, which has remained elusive because of conflict.
With funding from Japan, the United Nations Joint Rule of Law Programme handed over to the Somali Police and the Ministry of Internal Security essential equipment such as vehicles, furniture and solar power for 24 police stations, amounting to US$ 2.4 million.
From November last year until March 2017, Somalia faced a displaced population of over 600,000 people - this added to 1.1 million displaced by conflict - due to a devastating drought. A new US$13 million EU funded UN project, launched at the end of May, now aims to support the reintegration of internally displaced people in the Banadir region of Somalia, by improving access to housing and land rights, generating employment and promoting better political and social inclusion.
Supported by the UN Rule of Law programme, 45 scholarship recipients, including 15 women, this year graduated with a Bachelor in Law from the Faculty of Law of Puntland State University. Launched in 2008, the Puntland State University scholarship programme aims to increase the number of qualified lawyers, prosecutors and judges to strengthen the capacity and service delivery of justice institutions.
Somalia will continue to work on reducing the trade and domestic use of charcoal, which severely damages the environment, by expanding alternative livelihoods opportunities in Jubaland and the South Central States, followed by Jowhar and Lower Shabell, between July and December 2017. To support these efforts, the United Nations Joint Programme on Sustainable Charcoal Reduction and Alternative Livelihoods (PROSCAL) moves to a new phase.
On 19 May in Nairobi, the Ministry of Constitutional Affairs (MoCA) along with the Speakers of the National Federal Parliament introduced to international partners in Nairobi a master plan for the review of Somalia’s Provisional Constitution (2012). Extensive consultations with regional administrations, the National Federal Parliament and civil society will lead to the drafting of a new Federal Constitution, which will set a framework for the national elections in 2020.
The failure to secure a job, Ifrah believes, was not her fault but long standing cultural and institutional barriers that limit women’s ability to explore the labour market beyond the traditional housework. She has not given up hope. In her quest to succeed in this journey, she joined the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation as a volunteer and worked for the Director General Office.