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This is Zakia Hussein, Somalia’s Youngest and First Ever Female Deputy Police Chief

African women continue to make their marks in what used to be men dominated positions in recent years and Zakia is one of these excellent women who are turning the table around to their favour in the expense of their men counterpart.as she becomes the first woman to hold such a top position in Somalia.

With over 14 years of experience, Zakia has had many firsts. She was appointed the new Director of Community Policing at the Somali Police Force in 2014, making her the first woman in many years to hold such a senior position. Before that, she had been the chief commander of community policing and public relations at the Mogadishu-based national agency.

Zakia is a proponent of gender equity and has been an advocate for the youth, serving as the secretary general of the Hanoolaato Party, a Somali youth advocacy group.

With a Master’s degree in International Relations and a postgraduate certificate in Diplomacy in Islam, Zakia has also worked as the programme manager and researcher for the Heritage Institute for Policy Studies and a part-time university lecturer at the University of Somalia.

Many Somalis have welcomed the move.

 

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