TAYO center for Media excellence senior consultant Mr. Abdirahaman Mohamed Hussein who will lead the AGLPM project’s research activity introduced to the meeting the UNESCO’Gender Sensitive indicators for the Media (GSIM) including it’s objectives, methodology and how this will be adapted in the local context.
The participants of the day-long meeting, saw overwhelming support of the Project’s objective, calling the workshop a “platform of notions that merit a follow-up”, and a “vast enhancement” to their work, representatives of the female journalists networks voiced their support for the efforts to examine the gender landscape in the Puntland Media especially on the aspects of promoting gender impartiality in the workplace issues discussed in the meeting.
MAP chair at his closing comments passed a moving speech to participants calling for their tireless participation of the project during its implementation, while also sending a heart-felt appreciations of the supporting donors Free Press Unlimited (FPU) for the generous support provided this project at a time most appropriate, Faisal said in his closing remarks, quote;
‘’I want to pleasantly acknowledge your dedications and contributions for the day-long interactions, meanwhile on behalf of the Puntland Media practitioners and media outlets in the region I would like to send to the supporting partners the Free Press Unlimited for supporting our initiative intended to assess the unbalanced gender landscape of the Puntland Media – this is an area MAP has been worried and searched support during my entire tenure as the chairperson of the MAP – I call on the media practitioners to join the MAP led efforts through this project and contribute in the study – this is for our own good’’ , Said MAP chair.
Moving forward, the participants brought together by this event agreed to cooperate during the period of the project implementation.
Gender discrimination and sexual harassment are two of the many collective ills that Somalia has inherited in part as a result of decades of war. These problems also come as the unswerving yields of the traditions and customs prevailing in Somali society. In the traditional and patriarchal society of Somalia, being born a woman can mean a lack of access to many social opportunities and many barriers to success throughout life. Women in Somalia enjoy fewer privileges and less security than men.
Somali women in the media have representation at non-decision making levels only, female journalists have weak regional networks; Women’s participation in the media remains lower than males, and the media products are not tailored; their landscape is not well researched and their capacity to take an active role in gender sensitive promotion is limited.