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Swimming Against the Current: A Women’s Experience in running for the First Somaliland Parliament Elections in 2005

Somaliland’s parliamentary election in 2005 was an historic event twice over, being the first parliamentary elections in Somaliland and the first time for women to stand as parliamentary candidates. Amina ‘Milgo’ was one of seven women candidates who stood in the election, as a parliamentary candidate in Sahil region. In this paper she discusses some of the challenges that woman face in participating in Somaliland’s parliamentary democracy.

Amina Mohamoud Warsame

Amina Mohamoud Warsame (Milgo) is currently the Coordinator of Golis Organization for Saving the Environment. Ms Warsame founded the Somaliland Women’s Research and Action Group (SOWRA G). She was also among the founders of Nagaad Women’s Umbrella Organization where she served as its executive director from February 2005- July 2010 Amina was among the fi rst seven women to run for Somaliland’s Lower House of parliament in 2005. She is an active member of the women’s movement in Somaliland and is a strong advocate for women’s rights and the environment.