Women from across Somalia attended the Convention to give their inputs to the Charter, which called for fifty percent representation for women across all levels of government, for prevention of violence against women and girls, and socio ecomomic rights.
The five projects launched under the Fund will address displacement, stabilisation, reconciliation, state-building and land disputes, as well as promoting gender sensitivity and focusing on women as peace builders.
The training was facilitated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with funding from Norway and Switzerland, as part of ongoing support to the Government of Somalia in building the administrative and legislative capacity of parliaments.
The seminar covered procurement advertising methods, how to submit a bid, how offers are evaluated, and how contracts are awarded to businesses. The event also covered UN ethics and risk management practices.
The law, which is called the “Regions and Districts Administration Law” lays out the basis for local governments and districts to carry out their own administration and to deliver services such as roads, water access, education and health care to their communities.
During the launch, speakers and facilitators highlighted the link between charcoal production, deforestation and livelihoods destruction, with over 8 million trees cut down for charcoal since 2011.
Two teams of young Somalis with bright ideas for improving their country’s future will soon see their plans put into practice after winning 3,000 USD funding from the private sector to bring their solutions onto the market.

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