September 7, 2011 ·40 Comments
Women have been crucial in restoring and maintaining peace in Somaliland for the last 20 years. They have been credited with convincing their male kin to dispose of fighting, an action that eventually led to the demobilization of the militia in Somaliland. Their participation and involvement in the civil protection structures is therefore fundamental. How ever they continue to experience discrimination and not equal pay when it comes the role of media.
Women in Somaliland today are valued mostly for their productive and reproductive capacities at the household level. Although there is an increasing number of women who now possess economic power due to their engagement in trade and employment, recognition of their leadership capacities has not extended beyond the private sphere of the home.
Women in Somaliland on the whole do not hold significant leadership roles in political, economical and social spheres. Women in Somaliland believe that their right of equal participation and recognition in social were neglected. Albeit women rights are more powerful than they have in the sixties, they still less than men in the media industry.
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Around the world, women are playing an ever more active role in journalism and the media. In many countries they now enjoy equal opportunities with men, and more and more of them are in senior management roles running media organizations. But in Somaliland the case is difference
In Somaliland context women journalist quite rare and deals with soft subjects, but it depends on as stories they cover. Women journalist in Somaliland always reports social or family issues while male journalist reports politics, economics and complicated issues. Apart from the journalist, others who are reporters prod cast entertainment programmes in the TV’s and Radios, Women’s news in not marketable in Somaliland due to the existence of social constraints and cultural barriers. .
The opportunity of being female journalist is culturally not accepted in Somaliland and people are not feeling happy that women should be allowed to be a reporter. They believe that women are CAWRA and it is better to stay their home and raise their children.
Somaliland has a low number of female journalists because of the existing social implications that is saying women is not good for tough issues and journalism is some thing that needs to be strong and powerful personality.
Finally, all the above mentioned points are the constraints of keeping behind the raise of many female journalists due to the existence of social issues that back women to be more in the media scene.
Written By: Farhan Abdi Suleiman (Oday)
Phone: 252 – 2 -4401132
Farhan (oday) is a Social Worker, Researcher and Youth activist in Hargeisa. He holds a BA in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Hargeisa and now he is a postgraduate candidate at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) in University of Hargeisa.Follow @somalilandpress