Chatham House Talk & Reuters Interview

Women of Somalia: The Needs, Challenges and Opportunities.

Tuesday 24 May 2011 12:00 to 13:00

Chatham House, London.

HE Dr Maryan Qasim, Minister for Women’s Development and Family Welfare, Transitional Federal Government of Somalia

Chair: Martin Hill, former researcher on the Horn of Africa, Amnesty International

Type: Research and other events

Dr Maryan Qasim will discuss some of the wider needs and challenges women have been facing in Somalia, especially during times of droughts and famine. She will also examine the role of women in changing the society both politically and socially.

Before joining the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia, Dr Qasim worked as a social activist and a community organiser both in the UK and The Netherlands.

http://www.chathamhouse.org.uk/events/view/-/id/1966/

About Maryam Qasim

I am a medical doctor and a humanitarian activist. I have worked as an obstetrician and gynecologist, which is my specialty as well as a University lecturer. I also obtained a Masters in Public Health from Warwick University. During my time in the diaspora, I worked on empowering women and raising the achievements of Somali children. I worked with local schools/authorities as well as presenting at national and international conferences dealing with family matters. I am very active in the Islamic field, giving Islamic lectures at Masjid’s, conferences, universities and summer campings. I served as the minister for Women’s Development and Family Affairs in the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia (2010-2011). I am currently the chair person of Tayo party which is a political party striving for equality and justice.
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