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The Saga of the Pursuit of Women’s Quota in Somaliland 

On September 7 2011, the President of Somaliland released a presidential decree announcing the formation of a National Consultative Committee to advise him on how women can be mainstreamed within the decision-making legislative bodies of the country. In his decree the President nominated nine persons from the two chambers of the Parliament and Cabinet and authorized them to conduct nationwide consultations with all sectors of the Somaliland society, collate their opinion and recommendations, and prepare an advisory position for taking forward a women’s quota system in the national decision-making institutions.

Haroon Yusuf


Haroon Ahmed Yusuf has over twenty years of experience in designing and managing development programmes in Somalia and Somaliland in pastoralist livelihoods, peace building, governance and institutional development. He holds a degree in Agricultural Sciences from Washington State University and held senior positions in international NGOs for many years, including ActionAid