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Entering Politics: Peace-building and Conflict Resolution

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I am hoping to receive feedback on how i can enter politics. I seek sisterly advice, technical support and encouragement on how a young woman with alot of determination about helping her people but no political experience at all can organize campaigns and generate attention for peace-building and conflict resolution in her country. Somalia and Somalis, as you all, have suffered a lot. In the past 25 years, there has been a lot of death and destruction and there is still a lot of death and destruction going on. I think the answer to answer to war is not war. It is love. When are my people going to realize this? They can call all the military in Africa such as AMISON or from Europe but no where in the world, not a single place on earth has conflict prevailed and led to any significant development.

I have been thinking about how I, as an individual, can contribute in creating the change I seek on fundamental matters such as peace in Somalia. I want to enter politics in Somalia so i can contribute to peace and conflict transformation discussions/deliberations/activities in Somalia. After 25+ years of violent conflict, statelessness and war, we don't even have a Minister for Peace and Conflict Transformation in Somalia! It would seem logical to have one or even 2 after decades of war. We need such a peace-oriented leader who dares speak to the public. Who goes to schools, community centers and preaches peace, compassion, dialogue and love. Peace therefore is or can be in our own hands!!

I am seeking assistance with these ideas. I don’t have a budget and I seek all kinds of assistance- material and immaterial. I seek advice and support in best practices. I look forward to hearing from you all.

Thank you so much!

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Stella Paul's picture

My humble ideas

Dear Sahro

Strategies and tactics are something we decide only after a deep analysis of the situation/environment. The success of the former crucially depend on the depth of the later. And in that sense, I can't comment as I have no knowledge of the socio-political environment in Somalia.

But, I can always share my humble ideas applicable to some degree,to any society.

1. I would say, identify the party you can agree with most.
2. Identify the people/individual leaders you can approach
3. If you can't approach them directly, find out people through whom you can reach your target group.
4. Join the women's unit, if possible.
5. Tell your party your unique abilities to expand its outreach.

For a brief period, I was a student leader, affiliated to a party. However, I later decided to quit as I felt more comfortable as a journalist and non partisan. And these are ideas that I drew from my experience.

I admire your wishes and your courage. The society all across the globe needs young leaders like you!

Best wishes!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

Sahro's picture

Thank Stella for your

Thank Stella for your constructive feedback, always.

Sahro

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