Court In Puntland Reconvenes For The Fourth Time Over Hodan Shanlayste’s Rape And Murder

On the 11th of April 2019, Hodan Shanlayste was brutally raped and murdered in Garowe, the capital city of the Puntland region in Somalia. Hodan, a mother of two young children, was attacked in her own home and left for dead by the assailants. Hodan was reportedly pregnant at the time of her death. Reports of this case began circulating in Somali media earlier this … Continue reading Court In Puntland Reconvenes For The Fourth Time Over Hodan Shanlayste’s Rape And Murder

Spotlight: Yumna Hussen

Yumna Hussen is a 15-year-old student who is the Deputy Member of Youth Parliament for Birmingham. In this capacity, Yumna works with her youth council to consult different organisations on issues that affect young people. She also works closely with councillors and MP’s in Birmingham to ensure that they represent young people’s views in their policymaking. She has been appointed by BiteBack2030, an organisation that … Continue reading Spotlight: Yumna Hussen

Somali Parliamentary Committee Introduces Harmful “Sexual Intercourse Bill”

On Saturday, August 8th, the Somali parliament convened to discuss the introduction of the “Sexual Intercourse Bill”. This particular bill is being introduced in order to replace the existing Sexual Offences Bill, which was unanimously adopted by the Council of Ministers in Somalia on 30th May 2018. The Sexual Offences Bill was hailed to be a solid work of legislation and notably praised by President Judge … Continue reading Somali Parliamentary Committee Introduces Harmful “Sexual Intercourse Bill”

Human Rights Activist Dr. Hawa Abdi Dhiblawe Has Passed Away

Somali human rights activist, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, doctor and founder of The Hawa Abdi Foundation, Dr. Hawa Abdi Dhiblawe has passed away. The announcement was made this morning on Facebook by her daughter Deqo Mohamed. “Mama Hawa”, as she was affectionately known to locals, became Somalia’s first female gynaecologist in 1971. In 1983, Dr. Hawa set up the Rural Health Development Organization (which was … Continue reading Human Rights Activist Dr. Hawa Abdi Dhiblawe Has Passed Away

What Do You Do When Your Mother Betrays You?

The following post is meant to highlight the prevalence of sexual and emotional abuse in Somali households, and how survivors are not believed even when there is evidence that backs their claims. It has been written by a survivor of sexual abuse. The original piece was posted on Medium. Betrayal from your mother is a kind of hurt that no one and nothing can prepare … Continue reading What Do You Do When Your Mother Betrays You?

Spotlight: Souda Kariko

Souda Kariko is a 21-year-old model from the Netherlands. She is currently signed to The Movement Models in Amsterdam. Souda has been featured in magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar and has modelled for brands such as Monki and Filling Pieces.  Name: Souda Kariko Occupation/Role: Model What did you want to be when you were growing up? I always wanted to be a doctor so that I could help people. My dream was … Continue reading Spotlight: Souda Kariko