The Ministry of Justice federal government of Somalia supported by UN Women held a national workshop on 13-15 May 2017, bringing together women lawyers’ associations from both federal government and regional states members. The workshop aims at building capacities of women lawyers’ organizations to provide legal aid services for victim (women and girls) of gender-based violence and women and girls in conflict with the law in the framework of the national legal aid policy. The expected outcome of the symposium includes;
- Support the establishment of a Somali network of women lawyers to promote information sharing and knowledge building among female lawyers’ practitioners.
- Increase the capacities and the sustainability of women lawyers’ associations across the country, including through more effective strategic planning, advocacy and a diversified resource mobilization approach focused on the provision of legal aid;
- To better position women lawyers’ associations within the justice sector as key advocacy actors for the promotion and protection of women and girls’ rights;
- To identify the challenges and constraints that women lawyers face in practicing law, advocacy and the protection of women’s rights.
The workshop opened by Permanent secretary Ministry of Justice deeply remarked the necessity of this workshop and hardly argued women is expected true active role to play the issues related about these cases.