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?

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

We Are Obsessed With This Trend On Twitter, And You Should Be Too

In light of Somalia’s 60th Independence Day, Somalis have taken to Twitter to celebrate the occasion in a unique way. The “the flag, the face” trend has been around for some time now and has been used by people from across the world to highlight the flags of their respective countries together with a selfie. Somalis have started to use the trend as a way to … Continue reading We Are Obsessed With This Trend On Twitter, And You Should Be Too

The Home Girl’s Who Want To Give Us Inner Peace

Home Girls Unite, a support group for eldest daughters from immigrant families, is working hard to create safe spaces for women from immigrant backgrounds to open up emotionally. The support group was co-founded by Hanna, who is British-Somali, and Yasin, who is British-Gambian. Both founders come from immigrant households and noticed that there was a need to support those who were in the same situation. … Continue reading The Home Girl’s Who Want To Give Us Inner Peace

One Woman’s Quest To Create The First Somali Museum In The UK

Numbi Arts, a London based Somali organisation founded by Kinsi Abdulleh, is on a mission to establish the first Somali museum in the United Kingdom. For over three decades, Numbi Arts has been at the forefront of archiving British Somali heritage and has become a significant part of the East London cultural scene. Last year, the organization lost its residency and is currently crowd-funding in order … Continue reading One Woman’s Quest To Create The First Somali Museum In The UK

New Realities: Somali Women Tell Us About Working During A Global Pandemic

For millions of people across the world, the global pandemic has changed people’s normal daily structures. From working to travelling to socializing, the spread of the COVID-19 virus has drastically altered how we all live. We at The Haybad wanted to find out how Somali women have been coping with these changes. Samia*, a copywriter and business analyst living in Tanzania, considers this pandemic “both … Continue reading New Realities: Somali Women Tell Us About Working During A Global Pandemic

Abaayo, Take Care Of Yourself

Not everyone responds to stress and stressful situations the same way. Some have the ability to “power through” and not give much attention to their own personal thoughts and emotions, while others are unable to fully function under such circumstances. During these unprecedented times, social isolation is proving to be a big source of frustration and stress for many people around the world, especially for … Continue reading Abaayo, Take Care Of Yourself

Easy Suhoor Recipes To Keep You Going Throughout The Day

As tempting as it is to skip your Suhoor meal in order to have your sleep uninterrupted, we all need the energy and extra nutrition in order to continue fasting throughout the day. This is why its so important to actually have a healthy meal, instead of the previous night’s leftovers. All these recipes can be made in 10 minutes or less and are guaranteed … Continue reading Easy Suhoor Recipes To Keep You Going Throughout The Day

5 Easy Ways That You Can Take Care Of Yourself In Self-Isolation

If you are currently self-isolating and/or social-distancing, this is the list for you. Here are five easy things that you can do in order to make the most of your time at home. 1) Make a daily schedule for yourself It is incredibly easy to get distracted when working from home if you don’t have a proper schedule to follow. Identify your goals on a … Continue reading 5 Easy Ways That You Can Take Care Of Yourself In Self-Isolation

International Women’s Day 2020: The Fearless Basketball Players of Somalia

In present day Somalia, the notion of gender equality and the concept of equal opportunity are unfortunately still not widely accepted or understood. Decades of conflict and general instability have forced women into social isolation, making their public participation in sport settings almost unheard of. The Somali Women Foundation (SWF) is striving to change that. Its president and founder, Suad Galow, is a former co-captain … Continue reading International Women’s Day 2020: The Fearless Basketball Players of Somalia