Somali Women and Political Movements

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This study was carried out between September 2015 and April 2016 and looked at how Somali women and Somali women political movements are organizing themselves in anticipation of the political transformations taking place in Somalia including the 2016 Somali elections. The study investigated in details Somali women’s political activism in and out of Somalia including emerging organizations and networks such as online social networks by looking at three study areas and 10 research questions. It engaged Somali women aged 18 and above at six sites (Garowe, Baidoa, Mogadishu, Galkayo, Kismayo and Nairobi) and through interviews and surveys organized with Somali women in the Diaspora therefore allowing Somali women from across the globe to participate in the study. In total, 221 surveys were completed, 200 women engaged in focus group discussions and 5 key informants interviewed.

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