The recently appointed Prime Minister of Somalia, Abdi Farah Shirdon, announced a list of his cabinet members, including the first ever female Foreign Minister in Somalia, Fauzia Yusuf Haji Adan.
While making the announcement yesterday, Prime Minister, Abdi Farah Shirdon, said, “After long talks and negotiations, I have formed a government of 10 ministers, one of whom is a woman who will be Somalia’s first female foreign minister”.
Coming from a history of wars and terrible crisis, Somalia is gradually building a better nation with a stable leadership, an effective political system, and a sustainable economic system. The election in September that saw Hassan Sheikh Mohamud become President, was considered the first fair poll in the capital Mogadishu for 42 years.
The Prime Minister and his cabinet have a lot of work on their hands, and a huge challenge before them. They take on a country that has been without effective central authority for more than 20 years while clan-based warlords, Islamist militants and Somalia’s neighbours all battled for control following the 1991 overthrow of President Siad Barre.
However, this is a step in the right direction, and one with much hope and promise. This hope is also emphasized with the appointment of the nation’s first ever female Foreign Minister.
Upon her appointment, Adan noted that choosing a woman to be the foreign minister is a historic precedent that is bound to change the political scene in Somalia. “This is a triumph for Somalia and Somali women. It heralds a new page in politics,” she said.
She is however not the only woman in the cabinet. Mariam Qassim Ahmed, Minister for Development and Social Affairs is also part of the cabinet.