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Ending Gender Based Violence in Somalia

27 Nov 2017

This week UNDP Somalia has added our voice to a global call for a brighter future for women and girls, by joining a worldwide 16 Days of Activism campaign against gender based violence (GBV). Violence against women remains endemic worldwide with global statistics showing that = show that 1 in 3 women experience violence in their lifetime. In Somalia in 2016, there were over 7,200 reported cases of GBV. This year, between the months of January and February alone, nearly 1,600 cases of GBV were recorded. … Read more

Recovery and hope after Somalia's deadliest attack

24 Oct 2017

Mariam from the Somali Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs smiles but nods gravely when asked if she was scared. When the powerful blasts occurred on Saturday 14 October in Mogadishu, it was a working day for government employees of the Federal Ministries of Planning, Investment and Economic Development (MoPIED) and Foreign Affairs (MoFA). Both ministries are near the sites of the first and second explosions that devastated Mogadishu that Saturday, explosions which claimed over 400 lives and injured hundreds more. … Read more

Gender equality – the work is never done!

25 Jun 2015

Outreach programme visiting IDP campsOutreach programme visiting IDP camps
Being the youngest in a family of seven, I am constantly reminded by my twin sister, who is slightly older than me by 30 minutes,  that I am the ‘baby’ of the family which I tend to disagree with her but she always wins the arguments! I lost my dad at quite a young age, unfortunately my mother never had the chance to go to school she managed to raise us singlehandedly. She always emphasised the need to get girls educated, this has influenced me throughout my life as I have always felt compelled in helping the less needy members of society, especially women, to excel in life.  Education is the single most powerful way to lift people, especially women, out of poverty. I have been fortunate enough to become a trustee for an international charity that helps orphaned and destitute girls through orphan sponsorship programme in Northern Kenya. Girls as young as 12 years old work to contribute to family incomes, forcing them to drop out of school. Others take on caring roles to assist their mothers, these impacts on their performance. The same challenges facing girls in northern Kenya is experienced by the peers across the border in Somalia; … Read more

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