Gender in Somalia

29 Aug 2013

Report Summary

UNDP Somalia strives to address gender equality and women’s empowerment in an effective and coherent manner. The Country Programme Document for 2011 to 2015 provides a framework within which to implement the mandates of gender mainstreaming in the country programme overall and responds directly to the acute challenges faced by Somali women today.

UNDP is tackling some of the most recurrent aspects of discrimination through strategic attention to the most vulnerable men, women, girls and boys, with the ultimate goal of contributing to the achievement of human development and gender equality.

This Gender Brief is meant to provide an overall picture as to the situation for women in Somalia today, and is meant to be used by UNDP staff, consultants and any other stakeholders looking for information on issues
related to gender equality and women’s empowerment. It is intended
that this brief be updated on a regular basis, so that new data can be
incorporated whenever possible.


  • Somalia’s maternal mortality rates amongst the highest in the world
  • September 2012 - UN partners registered 277 cases of sexual violence, Mogadishu leading with 237 of rape cases
  • Women and children make up 70 to 80% of IDPs
  • Puntland’s 60% of the economy is based on agriculture/pastoralism
  • Puntland Constitution implies that the government should encourage and legislate for the rights of women according to the Islamic (Sharia) law

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