WOMEN EMPOWERMENT INITIATIVES…

The 1995 Beijing conference identified indicators for women empowerment, and states were expected to work towards their achievements, however not much progress has been made in Somalia due mostly to war, cultural and religious believes.

In the quest for gender equality in a post conflict Somalia, a multi-pronged approach has been pursued by stakeholders, which includes the government, civil society and international donors to accelerate women empowerment and socio-economic development. The objectives of this study were to examine the government initiatives on women empowerment and socio-economic development, to identify the challenges of women empowerment and socio-economic development in a and to offer pertinent policies for women empowerment and socio-economic development, findings indicate that effective women’s empowerment initiatives and socio-economic development strategies are needed to overcome local challenges, and toachieve satisfactory progress on the Beijing milestones.

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