Fatumo Dayib during interview with the Nation on October 14, 2016. She is eyeing the Somalia presidential seat in the ongoing elections.
Raped, abused and subjected to genital mutilation, many women suffer terribly in Somalia, an unrepentantly patriarchal country shown by successive surveys as one of the worst places to be female.
A quota reserving 30 percent of parliamentary seats for women in current elections is supposed to help bring change and place at least a share of political power in female hands — but it faces stiff resistance.
"Somali women participate in daily life but when it comes to politics it is challenging," said Deqa Yasin, the female deputy head of the national election organising body.
"How do you make the process as inclusive as possible?"