Somalia: The first time Zainab Hassan voted, the experience was “near and dear to my heart,” she said. “It was exciting,” she said. “You’re practicing democracy.”
Women still struggle with recognition for their contributions in Somalia, Hassan said. There is lingering disappointment that the women who fought for Somali independence in the 1950s were largely left out of the resultant early government. Today in business, women have a hard time ascending to leadership positions.
“We want women to get what they deserve,” Hassan said. “The world is changing. More females are educated. The country cannot move forward without them.”
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