Current and Past Recommendations to the UN Security Council (Monthly Action Points)
Somalia (May 2022)
In its adoption of a resolution renewing the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), the Security Council should maintain all existing language related to WPS (S/RES/2592 (2021), PP, OPs 6(a), 6(d), 6(i), 10, 14(c), 14(d)) and further:
Call on the Government to ensure the safety of women active in public life and civic space and develop an enabling environment by recognizing the legitimacy of their work and adopting and implementing legislation that recognizes and protects their rights, safety and participation, and emphasize the importance of expediting the adoption and implementation of the 2018 draft of the Sexual Offences Bill, which is the result of two years of consultation with key stakeholders, and is critical to ensuring accountability for gender-based violence (GBV).
Strengthen UNSOM’s mandate related to women’s meaningful participation and leadership, including by specifying that UNSOM should support the development of measures to ensure non-discrimination and equal rights to participate in political and public life and consult with diverse women’s groups.
Explicitly note that UNSOM’s existing human rights mandate (S/RES/2592 (2021), OP 6(i)) is inclusive of the protection and promotion of the full range of women’s human rights and call on UNSOM to monitor and report on violence targeting diverse women in public life and civic spaces, including activists, civil society leaders, protestors, politicians, candidates, civil servants, peacebuilders, and individuals promoting women’s rights, disability rights, and LGBTIQ+ rights, as well as organizations engaged in humanitarian action, peacebuilding, and climate justice.
Emphasize that UNSOM’s work preventing GBV (S/RES/2592 (2021), OP 6(i), 14(c), 14(d)) should be undertaken using a trauma-informed, survivor-centered approach that places the rights, needs and wishes of survivors at the heart of the planning, decision-making and response, and ensures the delivery of quality, accessible, and non-discriminatory healthcare and comprehensive support, including sexual and reproductive healthcare (SRH), psychosocial support, legal services, access to justice, reparations, and support for livelihoods.
Call on UNSOM to ensure its efforts to strengthen and advance security sector reform (SSR), maritime law enforcement, national weapons and ammunition management, national arms control, and responses to climate change (S/RES/2592 (2021), OP 6(f), 6(h), 15) are gender-responsive and grounded in intersectional gender-sensitive conflict analysis, taking into account the differentiated and disproportionate impact of insecurity on women, and the importance of ensuring women’s leadership in developing responses.
Further emphasize that UNSOM’s support for SSR (S/RES/2592 (2021), OP 6(f), 6(h)) should include advocating for continued implementation and strengthening of vetting mechanisms, as well as implementing effective oversight and accountability mechanisms, in close consultation with civil society, including women’s groups, at all stages.