Current and Past Recommendations to the UN Security Council (Monthly Action Points)
Somalia (August 2018)
The Security Council is expected to consider a report on the implementation of resolution 2408 (2018). In its discussion of the report, the Council should promote women’s full participation in all efforts to maintain peace and security in Somalia, and support continued efforts by the Federal Government of Somalia and Interim Regional Administrations, with assistance from the UN and AU, to further promote increased representation of women at all decision-making levels in Somali institutions. This is particularly important given that renewed inter-clan tensions (S/2018/411) caused by the current political crisis have delayed government and federal preparatory work for the elections due to be held in 2020. The Council should also ensure there is progress made in implementing relevant WPS provisions in the UN Mission in Somalia’s (UNSOM) mandate. The Council should request information and analysis on the differential impact of terrorism and violent extremism on the human rights of women and girls in Somalia, alongside information on efforts by the missions to ensure the participation and leadership of women and women’s groups in developing strategies to counter terrorism and violent extremism (S/RES/2242 (2015), PP 14, OP 13). Further, the Council is expected to be informed about the fight against piracy off the coast of Somalia; the conversation should include the gender dimensions of piracy and how it affects Somali women, including sexual exploitation of women and girls, the impact piracy has on early marriage and human trafficking, as well as ways to ensure counter-piracy efforts, are not gender-blind.