Cultural barriers leave Somali women out of politics

Cultural barriers leave Somali women out of politics
Cultural barriers leave Somali women out of politics

Cultural barriers leave Somali women out of politics

In the last decade, many African nations have made significant strides in increasing women’s role in politics. Countries like Liberia and Malawi have female presidents, whereas others like Rwanda and Mozambique have more women in elected office than many Western nations. But Somalia lags way behind. Somali-Canadian Fowsia Abdulkadir will be a featured speaker at Saturday’s Voices of Somali Women Conference, sponsored by the Chicago-based Somalia Strategy Forum. She explains what is holding Somali women back.