Suad Ibrahim Abdi is a women's rights activist from Somaliland. She was the country representative for Progressio and also an active campaigner to open up democracy for women in the country for over 25 years. She is running for a seat in parliament from Maroodi Jeex in this years elections, to be held on May 31, 2021.

Suad Abdi
Suad Ibrahim Abdi

Years active1996–present
Known forwomen's rights

Career Edit

Suad Ibrahim Abdi has been a social activist in Somaliland since 1996.[1] She is a member of the Somaliland National Women's Network (Nagaad) which she helped to found in 1997.[2] She is the Somaliland national representative for Progressio, an international non-governmental organisation campaigning for democracy in the country.[2][1] Progressio has supplied specialists to support the work of local organisations working in the field and provided observers for the 2010 Somaliland presidential election which it declared free and fair.[2]

Abdi is campaigning for the implementation of a 20% quota of Somaliland's MPs to be female. Currently only one member of parliament out of 164 is female. Two previous parliamentary bills were blocked by the House of Elders (upper house) or ran out of debating time. Abdi said she would stand in the 2015 elections (postponed to 2017) but would not seek to become a government minister.[1]

References Edit

  1. ^ a b c Tran, Mark (27 January 2014). "Somaliland clan loyalty hampers women's political prospects". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Somaliland's secret recipe for stability". Progressio. 3 October 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2017.