November 23, 2011
November 21, 2011
Somali Women Leaders
Are you a Somali woman or young girl who believes in the possibility of a different Somalia? Do you feel that the dream of a more peaceful Somalia is possibile and that Somali women should have a fundamental role to play in this possibility?Then this group is for you- please join us.
A different future is possible for Somalia. What can we all do to contribute to the creation of communities in Somalia that have the skills and the commitment to discuss hard social issues and solve tough problems cooperatively and peacefully?
I would like to take action and do my part in this possibility, I am sure you would like to do that too. Lets take a big part in what the future will bring to our community and turn our dreams into a vision for everyone to see.
I want to inspire women to also dream, and to dream big. i would like to unite powerful courageous female voices who believe in the power and possibility of a peaceful Somalia. Women who feel that it is time to do what they feel deep down in their hearts needs to done in order to improve the situation in our community and indeed country. A change is needed so as to halt the current wave of death and destruction that the country has known the past 25 years. A change is needed to change and protect our daughters and sisters from sexual abuse and torture and our sons from being forced to becoming child soldiers and dying very young. A change is needed so as to relocate the more 2 million Internally Displaced Peoples (IDPs) living in and the outskirts of Somalia.
A different future is possible for Somalia. A lot of possibilities await the women of my community; women whom I know can move mountains but currently are not doing so or are not aware of their full potential. Somali women have to come together as agents of change and not victims of war. I see a different future for Somalia. I see a different future for our youth who have grown up knowing only war and violence, and who are convinced the only way to resolve an issue is through the gun. I see a brighter, violence-free, disaster-free and progressive Somalia. I really do see this possibility. But we have to work towards it and someone has to start somewhere. I think we should all invest in this bright future, at any cost.
The famous Anthropologist Margaret Mead once said ‘never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has’. We have to give women a chance because a different future is possible for all Somalis living in Somalia. We can have a different leadership for the future in Somalia. Yes we can and I would like to take the lead in developing and communicating this vision to a small group of Somali women who have a very good and in-depth understanding of the situation and context. The women will each have a different role to play and make sure that they each do their part. Women are known to multiply what they are given. Women are natural builders, constructors and multipliers of knowledge, resources and everything else. The fact that I am now based in Somalia and already on the ground but also having lived in Europe the past 15 years are added values. Also the fact that I am already discussing the vision I have for my community with others is also a good beginning. I have spoken to several persons about my vision and they have all been supportive of the idea.
Help me create the platform where Somali women- you and I- can meet, engage in dialogue, create synergies, mobilize resources and plan for the future. Together we are stronger, together we have a louder voice and together we are indeed more visible. Together we can brainstorm about how we can reach out to our communities to take ownership of this vision. How can we as Somali women individuals contribute with our own input in creating the change we seek on fundamental matters such as peace in Somalia? A leadership of a different kind is needed, a leadership that speaks a language of love and harmony, one that is positive, respective and inclusive of all ethnic groups in Somalia.
Somali women, young and old, home or abroad, a PhD holder or a student, we need you to come forward and help us create a common vision and also assist in visualizing the benefits that peace will bring in Somalia.There is a strong need for urgent change in Somalia and i am hereby making an appeal to you all to contribute.
Between the 30 November and 3 December 2011 there will be a Somali women for peace conference, in Djibouti. Let your voices be heard. Are you familiar with the UN SC Resolution 1325 and what it says about women, peace and conflict? What opportunities does it offer you? Somali women in Somalia?
Lets discuss, strategize, plan and act!
Sahro Ahmed Koshin
A Somali woman with a mission and a passion for change
“It is Not Because Things are Difficult that We Do Not Dare; It Is Because We Do Not Dare that They are Difficult.”