Gender Balance 2018-05-29T11:32:41+00:00

Gender Balance

SWEN always Stands in Promoting  Gender Balance among the communities of  South West Somalia

according to euroupian unions’ Report gender  inequality in Somalia and in South West  is More Rife as it describes in the below Report ;

gender inequality persists in somalia. this was consistent across all the instruments that were used to collect data – from thepublic survey to the fgds to the kiis. what was however interesting was the variedinterpretation and understanding of gender and gender inequality among the respondentthat were reached using the different research instruments.causes of gender inequality were many from culture to traditions to economic and politicalsituations and arrangements that perpetuated gender inequality. however, a number ofthese factors were persistently highlighted as the root cause of gender inequality. theseincluded tradition, culture and traditions.gender inequality had many consequences on the somali society many of which havebearing on the future development of the country. important among these include denyingwomen the opportunity to fully access the benefits of development in important sectorssuch as health, education and employment. the research did not identify many laws, policyand legal instruments that were effectively addressing the problem of gender inequality.however, many opportunities were identified that can be used to address the problem.

 causes of gender inequality in somalia

the results of the research identified very many causes of gender inequality within thesomali community. one of the root causes of gender inequality in somalia is culture andtradition. somali culture and tradition have very strongly held gender roles that start rightfrom the nucleus family to the neighbourhood to the larger community. according theseroles, women should build the home and care for the nucleus and extended family. on theother hand, man should go out, provide for the family and build the community. any changeaway from this “norm” meets every kind of resistance.as a result of the culture and tradition, the somali society is “man cantered” one where menare given first priority socially, politically and economically. outside of the “home builder”role, there is no space for the woman. women who express their desire to develop other talents are seen to be competing with men and going against the somali culture.further, somali political representation is based on a clan system whose custodians are clan elders. since girls and women are seen to belong to the clan where they are married, they

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have not direct say and hence are at a political disadvantage. a clan tribe does not want to be represented by a woman as it will feel to be at a political disadvantage compared to

other clans. notwithstanding the already stated challenges, women chances in politics are therefore slim.the role of women as one of staying at home to take care of the family is strengthen by

wrong religious teaching where women are directed and urged to stay at the back under the

rule and direction of men. on the political and economic sphere, there are very few women

in management and decision making position in somali politics and economy. this is related

to low level of education and financial capacity among women. women therefore on

involved in making the decision that affects their lives.at the grass root level, there is a lack of awareness on the magnitude of the problem ofgender inequality. due to this, gender equality effort and campaigns are seen as representing the interests of foreigners who want to change the somali culture. this limits progress towards gender equality. the contribution made by women in the development of the somali society is not properly documented. women contribute immensely to the development of the somali society “behind the scene” with the credit being taken by men in some cases. this hides the capacity of the women and denies them representation, leadership and decision making opportunity.