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

Pictures Depicting Child Marriage In Somalia Go Viral On Social Media

A set of pictures that were posted to Facebook by Somali journalist Mohamed Yusuf Bakayle allegedly portraying a child and an adult man as a “newlywed couple” in Burco have gone viral. The pictures depict a child who has only been identified as Saabiriin and an adult man who has been identified as Sikaawi in what can be considered to be romantic poses. The child … Continue reading Pictures Depicting Child Marriage In Somalia Go Viral On Social Media

Police Officer Allegedly Arrested For Investigating Rape In Puntland

Officers in Garowe, Puntland have allegedly arrested and tortured one of their own for investigating a rape case. According to reports, police officer Deggan Mohamed was investigating a rape case that involved a young woman and nine men when she was urged by colleagues to step away from the case. It’s said that Deggan refused to stop her investigation, which led to her being arrested … Continue reading Police Officer Allegedly Arrested For Investigating Rape In Puntland

Ramla Ali Secures Her Second Victory As A Professional Boxer

On Saturday 20th March, Ramla Ali secured a 60-55 win over six rounds against Bec Connolly at the SSE Arena in Wembley, London. Ramla told Sky Sports “I tried to maintain my boxing at all times and I was like, no you’re not pushing me about. This is my ring today! She’s tough.”. This is her second victory as a professional boxer. On October 31st, Ramla Ali … Continue reading Ramla Ali Secures Her Second Victory As A Professional Boxer