The Strategy embraces internal changes evolved through the UN reform, focuses on the urgency of strengthening the gender capacity of the UN in Somalia to promote and sustain an empowering, enabling and inclusive environment for all staff. It equally emphasizes the importance of enhancing the national capacity through improved partnership with the government entities and donor partners. The Strategy reflects past experiences and current needs on the ground while building upon the work of the previous Strategy (2018–2021) which remained relevant vis-à-vis the UNCF strategic objectives and the priorities outlined in NDP-9.
The development of this Strategy involved multiple consultations within UN Somalia and with key partners. The Strategy also takes into account the challenges of COVID-19 and climate emergencies that Somalia is facing and their impact on gender power relations, resulting in further marginalisation of women, girls and vulnerable communities. The Strategy thus strongly advocates for using a gender lens in the implementation of NDP-9 and the UNCF