The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has reviewed its gender strategy plan to suit its new mandate and strengthen collaboration with the federal member states. The reviewed strategy took into account AMISOM’s exit strategy, the expanded role of the police and the various strands of the recently adopted Comprehensive Approach to Security and how to sustain the Mission’s achievements in Somalia after its withdrawal.
The plan was reviewed at a two-day workshop organized by AMISOM’s Protection, Human Rights and Gender Unit in conjunction with the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), held in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Speaking during the closing ceremony, Wednesday, the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Francisco Madeira, hailed the exercise, which he noted had made the document more responsive to the Mission’s new mandate. “The new AMISOM gender strategy has addressed all gender dimensions in AMISOM’s work and exit strategy; the expanded role of the AUPOL (police component in AMISOM) and the Comprehensive Approach to Security,” Ambassador Madeira said.