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Somaliland's Gender Gap Assessment

The widening divide between men and women and why it must be bridged

A woman stands outside her shop in Fadhi Gaab area in Somaliland. Allan Gichigi/Oxfam
Paper publication date: 
Monday, March 18, 2019

Women in Somaliland have less than half the opportunities afforded to men and are twice as unlikely as men to be employed. Even worse, out of 164 members of parliament, only one is a woman.

The purpose of this study, the first of its kind in Somaliland, is to generate evidence on and better understand the gender gap between Somaliland women and men and particularly how women have been comprehensively disadvantaged economically, politically, and in education.

This study seeks to illuminate the realities of gender inequalities in Somaliland, inspire action, and guide interventions by all stakeholders to improve gender equality for the benefit of all.