Mohammed Abdiker
Regional Director, International Organization for Migration/UN Migration, East and Horn of Africa
Mohammed Abdiker

In our humanitarian world more men should speak up and  stand up for the rights of women as well as promote women participation in all levels of engagement from organizational management to policy and programme implementation.   Women account more than half of Africa’s population. They are the backbone of our families, our communities, our nations, and most important our successes. Denying their basic rights is like denying the existence of half of our populations.

I support the IGC Panel Parity Pledge.

I support the IGC gender-based violence pledge.

Personal Commitments

IOM/UN Migration will continue advocating, through its policy initiatives and programmatic activities in EHOA, for all migrants (documented and undocumented, women and girls men and boys), including IDPs, to be included in all national government responses in the fight against COVID-19 and any regional and/or country relevant socioeconomic stimulus measures. Women/girls and men/boys have different health-care needs, but an equal right to live healthily, a right that can only be realized when sustained and coordinated efforts are made to improve access to healthcare for women and girls.
IOM/UN Migration EHOA will invest more in education, capacity building, health and advocating for the protection of the human, economic and social rights of girls and women and boys and men. This must go hand in hand with increased government commitment, a whole of government/whole of society approach, and targeted outreach (media campaigns, conferences, workshops etc) to raise awareness in eliminating violence against women and girls and giving them the space to voice their opinions. The lack of social protections has long-term impact on women, specifically on their human rights and dignity. Better regulation of the informal sector is critical in improving the economic and social wellbeing of women in general and entire societies as a whole. This will also enhance gender equality and eliminate discrimination.