Female soldiers from the Kenyan contingent under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) on Friday donated equipment to support livelihood improvements of women in Dhobley town in the southern region of Somalia.

Dickson Ruto, commander of the AMISOM Kenyan contingent said the equipment includes gardening, hairdressing, and tailoring equipment ranging from wheelbarrows, rakes, spades, gloves, hair driers, and sewing machines.

“We have supported six women groups based in Dhobley with a number of items and equipment to support them in development and uplifting their livelihood. We have supported three groups with equipment like wheelbarrows, spades, shovels and gloves,” Ruto said in a statement issued in Mogadishu.

Ruto said the donations were part of efforts to build good relations with women groups under the ‘female engagement initiative’.

According to the AU mission, there is a need to create opportunities that enable women to participate meaningfully in economic development as Somalia recovers from decades of civil war.

Ruto said the six women groups will be dealing with the cleanliness of Dhobley town and even other amenities like the hospital and even the estate.

“We have also supported two women groups with sewing machines; we have supported one women group with blow dryers. All these efforts that we are making is towards uplifting the livelihood of the women within the community. Women play a very crucial role in terms of peace and development,” he added.

Mwanaisha Mahu, AMISOM Gender Officer, who manages the ‘female engagement project’, noted the donation was in response to identified needs presented by the women groups.

“We first met with the women groups to understand their needs and how we could support them,” Mahu said. Enditem

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