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Recent study uncovers new insight on Somali women’s political participation

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New study led by SDDirect explores what hinders and helps women’s leadership in Somalia

We are delighted to share the report ‘Somali Women’s Political Participation and Leadership – Evidence and Opportunities’. This report synthesises findings from a qualitative research project carried out in 2016/17 by SDDirect and Forcier Consulting to examine the enablers and constraints for Somali women’s political participation and leadership.

The research provides new insight on the strategies and circumstances under which Somali women have, and have not, accessed and influenced the political space in Somalia and Somaliland, and their experiences of doing so. The report concludes with a synthesis of implications for policy and programming.

This study was led by our Technical Specialists Sophie Stevens and Anna Parke in collaboration with researchers from SDDirect, Forcier Consulting and UCL. The full report can be found here.



The report was funded by the Research and Evidence Division (RED) within the UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID). It was commissioned under the contract ‘Research on involvement of Somali women in leadership positions in government and political structures’ financed by DFID and the East Africa Research Fund (EARF).


Photo credit: UN Photo / David Mutua (Mogadishu, 2014)