History Made In Somalia As First-Ever Female Deputy Speaker Is Elected In Parliament

Somalia’s long-awaited elections have proven to be a historic event so far. On the evening of 28th of April, Somali parliamentarians elected its first-ever female Deputy Speaker. Sadia Yasin Haji Samatar won the position with 137 votes, whilst her competitor Mohamed Caano Nuug received 107 votes in the second and final round of the voting. Sadia, a Somali-American, hails from the Puntland region of Somalia and … Continue reading History Made In Somalia As First-Ever Female Deputy Speaker Is Elected In Parliament

PM Roble: “MP Amina And Ikran Tahlil Were Killed By The Same Hand”

During a prayer ceremony that was held for the late Member of Parliament Amina Mohamed Abdi, Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble uttered words that will be remembered for a long time to come. The PM stated that he is committed to the firm belief that the unlawful hand that took MP Amina’s life was the same hand that was behind the killing of Ikran Tahlil, … Continue reading PM Roble: “MP Amina And Ikran Tahlil Were Killed By The Same Hand”

Outspoken MP Amina Mohamed Abdi Killed In Beledweyne

Member of Parliament Amina Mohamed Abdi and at least 10 others were killed last night in the city of Beledweyne after twin explosions rocked the city. The lawmaker was in the city to vie for a third term in parliament. She was the sole female candidate running for re-election for the HOP#135 seat in Hiiraan. Amina was known to be a staunch critic of Mohamed … Continue reading Outspoken MP Amina Mohamed Abdi Killed In Beledweyne

As Somalia’s Parliamentary Election Deadline Inches Closer, 30% Women’s Quota Unlikely To Be Met

Somalia’s parliamentary elections are facing another potential delay, as a significant number of seats in the House of the People have not yet been filled with only one day left until the election deadline. At the time of writing, 225 out of 275 lawmakers have been elected thus far with women representing 20% of those seats. In order to reach the 30% quota, 37 out … Continue reading As Somalia’s Parliamentary Election Deadline Inches Closer, 30% Women’s Quota Unlikely To Be Met

Pregnant Refugee From Somaliland Deported From Airport In Indonesia

On January 9th, a 35-year-old unidentified pregnant woman from Somaliland was detained upon arrival at the Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Jakarta, Indonesia and ultimately deported on the 14th of January. The woman was said to be a refugee seeking asylum in Indonesia. According to Amnesty International Indonesia, the woman had sought asylum in Indonesia in 2016 but had returned to Somaliland in December 2021 due to pressure … Continue reading Pregnant Refugee From Somaliland Deported From Airport In Indonesia

“Dear Daughter” Campaign Launched In Mogadishu To Stop FGM In Somalia

The Iftin Foundation, together with the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), launched the Gacalo Gabadheyayay (Dear Daughter) campaign in Somalia which is meant to bring an end to the practice of female genital mutilation in the country. The event that was held to mark the occasion was officiated by the Minister for Women and Human Rights Hanifa Habsade. According to UNFPA, 98% of women and girls in … Continue reading “Dear Daughter” Campaign Launched In Mogadishu To Stop FGM In Somalia

Mogadishu Movie Night: The National Theatre Screens Its First Public Films In 30 Years

For the first time in 30 years, the National Theatre in Mogadishu, Somalia opened its doors to Somali moviegoers. The two movies which were screened, “Hoos” and “Date from Hell”, were both produced and directed by Somali filmmaker IBrahim CM. On this special occasion, theatre director Abdikadir Abdi Yusuf stated “This is going to be a historic night for the Somali people: it shows how … Continue reading Mogadishu Movie Night: The National Theatre Screens Its First Public Films In 30 Years

Deputy UN Chief Urges Stakeholders To Realize The Implementation Of The 30% Quota For Somali Women In Politics

On Sunday September 12th, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina J Mohammed landed in Mogadishu, Somalia to urge relevant stakeholders to commit to the election timeline and to also advocate for Somali women’s political participation. In two separate settings, the Deputy-Secretary General met with President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo, and Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble and the National Consultative Council (NCC), whose members include regional … Continue reading Deputy UN Chief Urges Stakeholders To Realize The Implementation Of The 30% Quota For Somali Women In Politics

The Curious Case Of Ikran Tahlil Farah

Ikran Tahlil Farah, a 24-year-old Cyber Security Specialist employed by Somalia’s National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA), went missing two months ago. Ikran was picked up from her house, which is located close to the NISA headquarters in Mogadishu, on the evening of June 26th by a vehicle that was presumably known to her. On July 12th, Ikran’s mother Qali Mahmoud Guhaad spoke to Somali media … Continue reading The Curious Case Of Ikran Tahlil Farah

Somali Authorities Shut Down Viral Plastic Surgery Clinic In Mogadishu

Obesity Centre, a plastic surgery and beautifying clinic in Mogadishu that recently went viral on social media, has been shut down. The controversial clinic was the first place in Somalia that offered dermal fillers. The clinic was recently profiled by Shabelle TV, a local Somali news station. In the segment, a woman is shown undergoing a procedure that involved receiving skin treatment and hyaluronic acid … Continue reading Somali Authorities Shut Down Viral Plastic Surgery Clinic In Mogadishu