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

Twitter Discovered Buraanbur And The Comments Are Wild

Twitter user @driya__ recently posted a video showcasing a celebration where the Somali traditional poetic performance called buraanbur was being performed. The 0:43 second TikTok video went viral with both Somalis and non-Somalis across the world praising the performance of the woman in the clip. Here are some of our favourite comments: [Photo credit: unknown] Continue reading Twitter Discovered Buraanbur And The Comments Are Wild

District Commissioner Seynab Habsey Assaulted By Security Guard In Mogadishu

Reports surfaced on Friday 25th June that Warta Nabadda District Commissioner Seynab Habsey was assaulted in front of the mayor’s office in Mogadishu. The District Commissioner was trying to enter the building to attend an event that was being held to commemorate the deadly attack that took place at the mayor’s office a year ago. District Commissioner Seynab Habsey was amongst the government officials that … Continue reading District Commissioner Seynab Habsey Assaulted By Security Guard In Mogadishu

Spotlight: Nasra Ayub

Nasra Ayub is an activist, freelance writer and civil servant. Nasra has been working with the charity Integrate UK since the age of 15 tackling violence against women and girls, including FGM and violent extremism. Nasra has represented the charity at high profile events both nationally and internationally, notably at the African Union in Ethiopia and in Gothenburg, Sweden where she worked with the Swedish government. Over the … Continue reading Spotlight: Nasra Ayub

Ambassador Amina Mohamed Is In The Running For The Post Of Director-General Of The WTO

Ambassador Amina Mohamed, a Somali-Kenyan career diplomat and international civil servant, has been nominated by the government of Kenya for the post of Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Ambassador Mohamed was nominated on the 7th of July 2020 after the current Director-General, Mr Roberto Azevêdo, announced that he would step down on 31 August 2020. Ambassador Mohamed has served Kenya and the international community … Continue reading Ambassador Amina Mohamed Is In The Running For The Post Of Director-General Of The WTO

Body Of 12-Year-Old Aisha Mohamed Found In Galgaduud

The body of a 12-year-old girl who had been missing for 15 days has been found today. Aisha Mohamed went missing on the 22nd of June from her home in the small town of Godinlabe in the Galgaduud region of Somalia. Aisha’s body was discovered in a bush by a group of men who were doing work in the area. Aisha’s family members told local media that … Continue reading Body Of 12-Year-Old Aisha Mohamed Found In Galgaduud

Somali Female Hawkers In Eastleigh Claim Harassment By Somali Business Community

RTN TV, a regional Somali television station, recently did a segment where they interviewed several older Somali women who were frustrated by the treatment they’ve been receiving by the Somali business community in Eastleigh. The women, who were not identified, spoke of the inability to hawk their goods due to the harassment they’ve been encountering from business owners. One woman stated that her goods are often … Continue reading Somali Female Hawkers In Eastleigh Claim Harassment By Somali Business Community