Somaliland’s first female deputy prosecutor (UNDP)

Somaliland’s first female deputy prosecutor

Khadra Hussein Mohammad, somaliland's First Female National Deputy Prosecutor
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Khadra Hussein Mohammad, somaliland’s First Female National Deputy Prosecutor. Photo: UNDP in Somalia

Khadra Hussein Mohammad, 28, made history by becoming Somaliland’s first female National Deputy Prosecutor, dealing with a range of cases including theft, gang-related violence, and even terrorism.

“You meet all kinds of people in this job. We see new cases almost every day. It’s good that people are now aware that there are female prosecutors. This will also help reduce the discrimination among women lawyers.”

Highlights

  • Approximately 80% of all Somali judges and prosecutors have completed UNDP certified legal trainings.
  • In 2013, 338 lawyers including 89 women, graduated from Somaliland’s Hargeisa University Law Faculty.
  • There are now 75 women working in the legal sector in Somaliland, compared to only five women in 2008.

Across Somaliland, UNDP is supporting a fundamental shift in legal education and professionalism in the justice sector. Khadra is one participant among many of UNDP’s long-term project, supporting development of an inclusive justice system and encouraging participation of women in the legal profession. The project promotes legal education for women and provides job placement to fill the justice sector with qualified female law students and graduates.

After graduating from the University Of Hargeisa’s Law School, established through UNDP-support in 2008, Khadra joined the Somaliland Lawyers Association. This local organization connected her to an opportunity to join a sponsored legal training.

“UNDP was one of the main factors of my success,” she explains. “They facilitated my learning and offered me an on-job training.”

At the end of the training, Khadra joined the prosecutor’s office as a paralegal for nearly a year, before being appointed Somaliland’s National Deputy Prosecutor.

There are now 75 women working in the legal sector in Somaliland, compared to only five women in 2008. Recently, 32 women have been hired into the public sector as a direct result of a UNDP legal internships programme. They are now serving in the Judiciary, in the civil service, at the Attorney General’s Office and at the Law Reform Commission.

Moreover, in 2013, the number of professionals with formal legal education has increased to 338 lawyers, including 89 women, who graduated from Somaliland’s Hargeisa University Law Faculty.

Most importantly, the number of court cases involving gender-based violence or rape has significantly increased since the beginning of the project, “Victims feel comfortable approaching female lawyers. We can ask them anything and they can feel comfortable with us,” Khadra said.

Source: UNDP

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The UK and Somaliland rallied businesses to make the most of Somaliland’s rich agricultural and investment opportunities to create a thriving economy and reduce its dependency on aid.

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Somaliland: Creating a thriving economy and reducing dependency on aid

October 18, 2014 – Written by Ali jaamac

‘The UK Government remains committed to help build a more economically stable and prosperous future for Somaliland’ UK Press Release

UK and Somaliland today co-hosted a business forum to promote trade and investment opportunities in Somaliland.

The UK and Somaliland rallied businesses to make the most of Somaliland’s rich agricultural and investment opportunities to create a thriving economy and reduce its dependency on aid.

Mr. James Duddridge

The call to business was made at a conference, co-hosted in London by both governments, on trade and investment in Somaliland.

The UK delegation was led by the Foreign Office and Department for International Development’s Ministers, James Duddridge and Lynne Featherstone. The Somaliland delegation was led by President Ahmed Mohamed Mahmoud Silanyo.

 

Attendees at today’s conference agreed that whilst the aid relationship will remain important, it will be business and investment that will prove increasingly important in creating jobs, sustainable growth and prosperity in Somaliland.

In Somaliland, where 63 per cent of men and 80 per cent of women between 25 and 34 years of age are unemployed, this need is particularly pressing.

Speaking at the event, Foreign Office Minister James Duddridge said:

The British Government is keen to build partnerships across Africa, and Somaliland is no exception. We want to help harness the power, the optimism and the drive of the people of Somaliland. We want to build on that and create a business environment which attracts inward investment, and which encourages the brightest talent in Somaliland to stay, and those who have left to return.

Department for International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone said:

Ms. Lynne Featherstone

Business will be central to Somaliland’s growth and development. It is already happening – Hargeisa teems with people starting new businesses and shops. It is only through investment, trade and jobs that Somaliland can reduce its dependence on aid and remittances. People want the opportunity to work their own way out of poverty. People want the dignity that comes with a job and being able to provide for their own family. And the people of Somaliland, with all their entrepreneurial potential, are no exception.

The UK Government remains committed to help build a more economically stable and prosperous future for Somaliland. UK aid supports areas such as health, education and strengthening public financial management and governance, and importantly is helping to rebuild crucial infrastructure and create jobs.

But much of Somaliland’s potential remains untapped. The rich agriculture and livestock sectors could produce goods with much higher added value. Businesses can play a vital role in growing these sectors, and others like services and manufacturing, through investment.

The UK and Somaliland have a close and long standing relationship. The UK opened an office in Hargeisa in 2012 and recent months have seen several high level visits in both directions, including by the previous Minister for Africa, Mark Simmonds, who visited in April this year.

Source: Jamhuuriya, The republican

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