Modern and Sophisticated Office Facilities for Ministry of Women Development and Family Affairs in Puntland

Modern and Sophisticated Office Facilities for Ministry of Women Development and Family Affairs in Puntland

On 13 July, an uplifting ceremony, presided over by Puntland’s President, Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas, took place to mark the handover of a modern and sophisticated building that will house Puntland’s Ministry of Women Development and Family Affairs (MOWDAFA) in Garowe The building is comprised of 22 offices, large conference hall, womens resource centre and a child daycare centre. The project has been implemented  by UN Habitat within the framework of UN JPLG.

The Minister for Women Development and Family Affairs, Anisa Haji Moumin underlined the importance of the building in efforts to streamline gender and empower Puntland women; as well as highlighting some unique features: “It is the first and only public building in Puntland (and the whole of Somalia) to have a wheelchair ramp that facilitates easy access for disabled people and a child daycare centre.”
 
UN JPLG Senior Programme Manager, Paul Simkin drew the attention of the audience to the gender disparity of local councils in Puntland where 88 per cent is male. He highlighted that he hoped this improved office facility will inspire more women to participate in local governance.  He requested greater and inclusive engagement to ensure participatory and fair representation necessary for good local governance.
 
In his closing remarks, the President, thanked UN agencies that contributed to the successful implementation of this building. He went on and praised the architectural design, contractual procedure and supervisory role: “The design is so elegant, contracted transparently and delivered in the most effective and economic way. There is nothing like it."
 
The President attributed the success of this project to the leadership of women whom he said are more honest, more hardworking and transparent than men. The President received the Handover Certificate of the building from Doudou Mbye of UN Habitat. The handover package also included two garbage compactor trucks and eighty litter collection bins for Bosasso and Gardo local governments to improve social well-being and a Toyota pick-up for the Ministry of Interior