Monday October 11, 2021
Hargeisa (HOL) - The president of the breakaway region of Somaliland, Muse Bihi Abdi, says he is defending the business interests of women.
Bihi Abdi said women were oppressed in Somali culture and that his government would do their part to empower them.
"Women are oppressed when we (men) are in power. Our culture is still punishing women. I could not give them a third of what they asked of my government because of stiff opposition. There are many self-employed and educated people who are not given priority," said Bihi.
He added that some men were attacking women business people, and he was defending and supporting them as president.
"women and men are equal before the law, health, trade, education and freedom. If they commit a crime, the nation has the right to arrest them. Just as a boy commits a crime, so can a girl."
Somaliland's president has sided with Layla Ibrahim Omar, who a day earlier told the media that a businessman was planning to destroy her restaurant and lounge in Hargeisa's Kodbur district.
Upon receiving Layla's complaint, the president held an emergency meeting with Layla and security officials, and authorities took the businessman into custody.