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Lecture by Minister Deqa Yasin Hagi Yusuf

Monday 18 June 2018, 17:00 - 18:00

Her Excellency Minister Deqa Yasin Hagi Yusuf, Minister of Women and Human Rights Development, Federal Government of Somalia

'Advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment in conflict-affected contexts: Current challenges and opportunities in Somalia'

In Somalia, conflict has increased many burdens for women and girls. However, Somalia's transition from conflict also offers unique windows of opportunity to advance gender equality, while empowering women can in turn strengthen peace and development. These are some of the reasons why the Federal Government of Somalia prioritises gender equality and women’s empowerment as central objectives in its current National Development Plan. In this context, amongst other initiatives, the Minister of Women and Human Rights Development is currently leading ground-breaking efforts to develop Somalia’s first dedicated legislation on sexual offences, recently passed through cabinet, to advance women’s leadership and participation at all levels and to establish an independent Human Rights Commission through an inclusive and transparent process.

On 18 June 2018, the Honourable Deqa Yasin Hagi Yusuf, Somalia's Minister for Women and Human Rights Development will discuss challenges and opportunities involved in these efforts to advance gender equality, sustainable peace and development in Somalia.


Her Excellency Minister Deqa Yasin Hagi Yusuf serves as the Minister of Women and Human Rights Development of the Federal Government of Somalia. She previously held the position of Deputy Chair of the Federal Indirect Election Implementation Team (FIEIT), where she played a central role in enabling women to take up 24 per cent of seats in parliament, up from 14 per cent in previous elections. Prior to joining the government, she worked as Operations Manager with IIDA Women’s Development Organization, a civil society organisation working to advance peacebuilding, women’s empowerment and human rights in Somalia since 1991. In this capacity, she actively participated in the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding, the first forum for political dialogue between countries affected by conflict and fragility, civil society and international partners. Born in Somalia, H.E Deqa Yasin Hagi Yusuf was raised and educated in Italy and previously worked as a civil servant for the government of Canada.

Registration essential. Book here.

Location : E P Abraham Lecture Theatre
43 Woodstock Road
United Kingdom