8-Year-Old Girl Raped And Murdered In An IDP Camp In Somalia

On the 27th January, reports surfaced on local media stating that an 8-year-old girl was raped and murdered in an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp located in the Lower Shabelle region of the South West State in Somalia. The young girl, who remains unidentified, was found hanged. The suspect, who has been identified as Bashir Mohamed Qassim, is said to be in his early 20s and … Continue reading 8-Year-Old Girl Raped And Murdered In An IDP Camp In Somalia

Minister Of Women And Human Rights Development Opens Centre To Advocate For Women’s Representation In Politics

The Ministry of Women and Human Rights Development of the Federal Republic of Somalia oversaw the opening of a centre in Mogadishu dedicated to advocating for the implementation of Somalia’s 30% quota for female representation in parliament in 2021. Women currently hold 24% of the 329 seats in Somalia’s lower and upper houses of parliament. In June 2020, Somalia’s lower house approved a bill allowing … Continue reading Minister Of Women And Human Rights Development Opens Centre To Advocate For Women’s Representation In Politics

Police In Somaliland Arrest A Woman For Posting A Video Abusing Her Housegirl

Authorities in Somaliland have arrested a woman for posting a video of herself verbally abusing a young girl who was working in her home. The short clip which has been circulating on social media shows a heated verbal exchange between an older woman and a young girl. The woman, who has been identified as Zamzam Ismail Artan, can be heard repeatedly asking the housegirl “who sent … Continue reading Police In Somaliland Arrest A Woman For Posting A Video Abusing Her Housegirl

International Crisis Group’s Latest Briefing Details The Drawbacks Of CVE For Women In Somalia

On the 9th of December, the International Crisis Group released a brief titled “A Course Correction for the Women, Peace and Security Agenda” (WPS) which focuses on the difficulties and dangers that women who work in certain countries face due to their respective countries’ efforts to counter religious extremism. The United Nation’s Security Council adopted the WPS resolution on 31 October 2000. According to the UN, … Continue reading International Crisis Group’s Latest Briefing Details The Drawbacks Of CVE For Women In Somalia

Girl Raped And Killed In Home Of Somaliland Minister’s Son

On the 30th of November, reports circulated on social media stating that a girl, who was identified as Nasteexo Ismaciil Adan, was raped and murdered in a house that belongs to the son of a minister in Somaliland. The perpetrator has been identified by Nasteexo’s family as Mustafa Hassan Gaafaadhi, son of the current Minister of Planning Hassan Mohamed Ali Gaafaadhi. Nasteexo was said to be … Continue reading Girl Raped And Killed In Home Of Somaliland Minister’s Son

Classmate Admits To Pushing Shukri Abdi In The Water

One out of the four classmates who were with Shukri Abdi in her final moments stated during an inquest on Wednesday 25th November that she “accidentally” pushed Shukri into deeper water before she died of drowning. The classmate, who for legal reasons is referred to as Child One, told police that she pushed Shukri in order to save herself, as they were all in the water … Continue reading Classmate Admits To Pushing Shukri Abdi In The Water

UN Envoy James Swan Shares Concerns Over Increase In Instances Of Sexual Violence In Somalia With The Security Council

The Special Representative for Somalia and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) James Swan briefed the Security Council on the current situation in Somalia On Sunday 23rd November. The UN Envoy’s statement focused on matters concerning the electoral process, security, humanitarian needs, and the issue of sexual violence in the country. On the latter point, Mr. Swan stated: “I reiterate concerns over … Continue reading UN Envoy James Swan Shares Concerns Over Increase In Instances Of Sexual Violence In Somalia With The Security Council

Man “Marries” Child in Puntland

On the 11th of November, local radio station Dalsan News tweeted four pictures of a ceremony that was held for Mohamud Abshir, an alleged member of parliament in Puntland, and an underage girl who was identified as Farhia Abdi Farah. The man in the pictures has been wrongly identified as being a member of parliament, according to our sources in Somalia. The individual goes by the nickname … Continue reading Man “Marries” Child in Puntland

Ramla Ali Wins Her Debut Fight As A Professional Boxer

On October 31st, Ramla Ali made her debut as a professional boxer beating her opponent Eva Hubmeyer 60-54 in six rounds. On her historic win, Ramla tweeted about her determination to continue winning. In 2016, Ramla won the Elite National Championships, the English Title Series and the Great British Elite Championships. She won these titles whilst representing England which ultimately made her the best amateur … Continue reading Ramla Ali Wins Her Debut Fight As A Professional Boxer

Ilwad Elman Receives German Africa Prize 2020

On 27th October, Ilwad Elman was awarded the German Africa prize during a ceremony in Berlin, Germany. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas presented this year’s award to Ilwad in honour of her work in Somalia. On the occasion, Ilwad tweeted that she was honoured by the recognition. Elman Peace is a non-profit organization which was founded in 1990 by Elman Ali Ahmed, Ilwad’s father. Ilwad was … Continue reading Ilwad Elman Receives German Africa Prize 2020