Wednesday, 17 January 2018

2SCTU participated two consecutive days meeting about foreign investment law organized by Somali chamber of commerce inMogadishu. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss deeply about the appropriate way in which the country can be invested, to review the Foreign Investment Law drafted by cabinets and passed to the parliament for final approval.

During the meeting SCTU contributed important points to discussion that helpful for the country to be invested by keeping the right of employees and citizens as well.

2International Women’s Day (IWD), also known as the United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace, is a global day held on 8 March every year to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women throughout history and across nations.

Somali Congress of Trade Unions (SCTU) take part International Women’s Day held in Mogadishu where hundreds of Women from all affiliates of the SCTU working class gathered. Ifrah Abdullahi Abkow the Deputy Secretary General of SCTU  said” Women’s decreased participation in paid work is a central change in gender relations over the last 21 years in Somalia. The question is no longer whether the average woman will work or not, but rather when during her life course will she work”.

“Women and girls are less likely to attend school than men. They have less access to credit, agricultural extension services and land ownership. They have little, if any, voice in decision-making. The disparity between what women do, and the resources they have, is staggering” said Mohamed Osman Haji the chairman of SCTU

Women, traditionally marginalised in Somalia, are a tremendous source of energy, creativity, determination and courage. Preventing women from fully enjoying their political and civil rights is a serious discrimination and a violation of their rights. The fact that women still continue to suffer in Somalia and have restricted access to decision making process is not only a violation of human rights but also a lost opportunity for them as partners in developing Somalia.  Somali women have clearly demonstrated their potential in participating, resolving conflict, building and bringing prosperity to the nation. This natural resource must be fully tapped in the new Somalia.

Women in Somalia experience systematic discrimination under customary practices and Sharia law. Female enrolment in secondary education,  as a percentage of male enrolment is 27 %, women in public formal work is 15% .

While there has been progress in recent decades in engaging women in the global workforce, there has been considerably less advance on improving the conditions under which they work, recognizing their unpaid work, eliminating discriminatory practices and laws related to property and inheritance rights, and providing childcare support.

Ensuring that men and women have equal opportunities to generate and manage income is an important step towards realizing women’s rights and enhancing their development, self-esteem and influence both within the household and in society. Moreover, children’s rights are more likely to be fulfilled when women fully enjoy their social and economic rights

When women work outside the household, they earn, on average, far less than men. Although disaggregated data on nominal wages are scarce, the available evidence shows that, across Somalia, women’s nominal wages are roughly 60 per cent lower than men’s. While the data show that gender wage gaps exist across countries, these can vary significantly and can even be inverted.   Because much of the work women do is underpaid and because they often perform low-status jobs and earn less than men, women’s per capita average earned income is far lower than men’s


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