Somali PM Sets Up Committee To Oversee Implementation Of Women’s Quota In Parliament

On the 25th of July, the spokesperson of the Federal Government of Somalia and Senior Media Adviser to the Somali Prime Minister, Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu, shared on Twitter that Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble had appointed a 13-member committee “to guarantee & advocate for achieving at least 30% quota of women’s seats in parliament”. This committee seems to have been set up at the recommendation of … Continue reading Somali PM Sets Up Committee To Oversee Implementation Of Women’s Quota In Parliament

13-Year-Old Girl Dies After Undergoing FGM In Somalia

According to recent media reports, a young girl from the Galmudug region of Somalia died earlier this month after having undergone female genital mutilation (FGM). The girl, identified as Fartun Hassan Ahmed, bled to death after the procedure. According to the girl’s mother who spoke to the media, the family was unable to find transportation to the local hospital, which led to Fartun dying at … Continue reading 13-Year-Old Girl Dies After Undergoing FGM In Somalia

Girl Killed And Raped By Bus Driver And Tout In Hargeisa

On 13th July, reports surfaced on social media about the murder and rape of a girl who has been identified as Hinda Omar in Hargeisa. It is not clear how old the victim was. The girl’s family and the people who discovered her body spoke to local media detailing the gruesome case. According to Hinda’s sister-in-law who was the last person to see her alive, Hinda … Continue reading Girl Killed And Raped By Bus Driver And Tout In Hargeisa

Former Foreign Minister Fawzia Yusuf H. Adam Declares Her Presidential Bid

On the 13th of July, current member of the Somali parliament Fawzia Yusuf H. Adam declared her candidacy for the upcoming Somali presidential elections. As of now, Ms Adam is the only woman running for president in Somalia. Fawzia Yusuf H. Adam served as Somalia’s first female Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister between 2012 to 2014. Her appointment was historic in a multitude … Continue reading Former Foreign Minister Fawzia Yusuf H. Adam Declares Her Presidential Bid

14-Year-Old Girl Gang-Raped Outside Of Mogadishu

On the 17th of June, a 14-year-old girl was kidnapped and raped in Elasha Biyaha, a town 16 kilometres southwest of Mogadishu. The girl’s mother who spoke to local media stated that she had sent her daughter to the market, but that she never returned home. Some of her relatives who also spoke to the media claimed that there were allegedly 20 rapists involved in this … Continue reading 14-Year-Old Girl Gang-Raped Outside Of Mogadishu

Puntland To Ban FGM

Puntland is set to pass a historic bill that would see the complete ban of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the state. Puntland President Said Abdullahi Deni and his cabinet last week approved the bill to be submitted to parliament that would criminalize the practice. The FGM Zero Tolerance Bill states that anyone who practices FGM including midwives, hospitals as well as individuals will be … Continue reading Puntland To Ban FGM

Body Of An 11-Year-Old Girl Found Inside A Cooking Pot In Mogadishu

The body of a young girl who has been identified as Nafisa Omar Guelleh was found inside a cooking pot in her own home in the Medina district of Mogadishu, Somalia. According to initial media reports, Nafisa’s hands and feet were bound, with her body showing possible signs of rape. Nafisa went missing several days before the gruesome discovery was made by her family members. … Continue reading Body Of An 11-Year-Old Girl Found Inside A Cooking Pot In Mogadishu

Somali-Swedish Woman Receives Award For Her Community Leadership

23-year-old Muna Idow from Gothenburg, Sweden has recently been awarded the Kompassrosen (The Compass Rose) Award, which is a culture prize given to young leaders under the age of 25 that have positively impacted higher education, science or the common good. The award is given out on the behalf of the King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf. Muna is said to be the second Somali-Swedish citizen … Continue reading Somali-Swedish Woman Receives Award For Her Community Leadership

Somalia Ratifies A Convention That Seeks To End Gender-Based Violence, Harassment, And Child Labour In The Workplace

Somalia has recently taken historic steps to counter gender-based violence and harassment in places of work, and end child labour across the country. Duran Farah, the Somali Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, virtually presented the instrument of ratification of the Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019 (No. 190) to International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General, Guy Ryder. “With the early ratification of Convention No. 190, Somalia recognizes … Continue reading Somalia Ratifies A Convention That Seeks To End Gender-Based Violence, Harassment, And Child Labour In The Workplace

Somali Woman Who Was Gang-Raped By Nine Men Is Pleading For Medical Help

A woman in Mogadishu who has been identified as Khadijo Abdirahman Geeseey has given an interview with a local news agency where she details a horrific experience that left her physically and emotionally scarred. Khadijo spoke to a local journalist about her ordeal which occurred a couple of years ago. She recalled how one of her neighbours offered to show her around the area and told … Continue reading Somali Woman Who Was Gang-Raped By Nine Men Is Pleading For Medical Help