If women aren't part of the political process in Somalia, they can't be a part of the outcome, notes guest blogger Jina Moore.
• A version of this post appeared on the blog jinamoore.com. The views expressed are the author's own.
Lots of powerful men – and a few powerful women, including the American secretary of state – are meeting in London to talk about the dire "security threat" that is now Somalia. Or, in the words of Britain's foreign minister, "the world's most failed state." (Because that's a rational metric...)
Nevermind that international interest in Somalia peaked only now that we've recognized that its internal strife could be an external threat – to us. Nevermind that this is a pattern repeated constantly in diplomatic rhetoric about countries all over the world. We're not suddenly discovering this idea, nor Somalia.
Pay attention, instead, to this good question: Where are the women?