Nairobi, 11 November 2013-(Mareeg media)The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in
collaboration with its partners has today concluded a workshop on the development of
a Gender Mainstreaming Strategy.
The workshop which aimed at undertaking a comprehensive reflection to develop a
mission-specific strategy that addresses the critical gender gaps, was attended by
representatives from the Federal Government of Somalia, the African Union, AMISOM,
UN missions as well as representatives from research and civil society
The workshop was officially opened by the Special Representative of the Chairperson
of the African Union Commission for Somalia, Ambassador Mahamat Saleh Annadif. In
his opening remarks, Ambassador Annadif praised the organizers of the workshop which
comes at a time when the mission is undergoing different phases of transformation.
In its operations, AMISOM will always safeguard human rights and integrate
gender perspectives into its work in compliance with the United Nations Charter,
international human rights instruments and the UN Security Council Resolutions
including resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, he said.
“I have great expectations and I am confident that your discussions on Gender
and its mainstreaming across the mission will lead to a concrete Gender Strategy
that will guide the mission in current and future operations, he added.
The Director of Women, Gender and Development Directorate of the African Union
Commisssion-Ms. Litha Musyimi-Ongana, reiterated the AU’s full support to
AMISOM in the implementation of the strategy once it has been adopted. She thanked
the participants and ACCORD on behalf of the Chairperson of the African Union for
the fruitful deliberations which resulted in the draft strategy. The position was
appreciated by Ambassador NTAMWANA-AMISOM Chief of Staff who represented the SRCC
during the closing of the workshop.
The workshop highlighted key areas of achievement and lessons learned from other
similar peacekeeping missions, and identified priorities that informed a draft
strategy to be submitted to the mission’s leadership for endorsement.