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AU Endorses Joint Mission With UN for Somalia

AU Endorses Joint Mission With UN for Somalia

The African Union says it wants to partner with the United Nations in a proposed joint mission to support Somalia in its efforts to battle armed extremists and achieve stability. In a statement, the African Union’s Peace and Security Council said it endorsed an independent assessment team’s recommendation for a hybrid operation that would replace […]

UN Says Women’s Role in Somalia’s Politics Is a Precondition for Lasting Peace

UN Says Women’s Role in Somalia’s Politics Is a Precondition for Lasting Peace

Madam President, Excellencies, Let me begin by congratulating Ireland on your presidency this month, and to thank you for the invitation to brief today. I would like to also extend my greetings to Ms Shukria Dini whom I had the pleasure to meet during my visit. I commend the Council for your leadership on Women, […]

UN Boss Asks Somalia Elders to Support 30% Quota for Women

UN Boss Asks Somalia Elders to Support 30% Quota for Women

The UN Deputy Secretary-General (SG) Amina Mohammed, has called on Somali clan elders to support a 30 per cent representation of women in Parliament. The country’s citizens are currently electing their 54 senators followed by elections of 275 Members of Parliament, after which the 329 legislators will vote in the President. Somalia indirectly elects its […]

Some 2.4 M People in Need of Aid in Somali Region: UN

Some 2.4 M People in Need of Aid in Somali Region: UN

The UN country team in Ethiopia said some 2.4 million people are in need of aid in Somali regional state. The report came amid reports of rising malnutrition and impending water shortage in the region. The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Ethiopia (RC/HC), Dr. Catherine Sozi, visited Somali Region on 23 July to firsthand […]

Call for Urgent Action Following ‘Alarming’ 80 Per Cent Rise in Sexual Violence

Call for Urgent Action Following ‘Alarming’ 80 Per Cent Rise in Sexual Violence

An “alarming” 80 per cent increase in sexual violence in Somalia, as documented in two recent reports by the Secretary-General, has been described as “appalling” by two UN Special Representatives. “We urge all parties to the conflict in Somalia to immediately cease these violations”, the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, and […]

At Least 10 Somali Army Recruits Killed in Suicide Attack

At Least 10 Somali Army Recruits Killed in Suicide Attack

Somalia’s army chief says a suicide bomber Tuesday killed at least 10 recruits and wounded 20 others at a military training school in the capital. The al-Shabab terror group claimed responsibility in a statement and has stepped up attacks ahead of elections expected by the end of July. The attack happened Tuesday outside the General […]

Somalia’s Puntland To Criminalise FGM

Somalia’s Puntland To Criminalise FGM

Female genital mutilation (FGM) will soon be criminalised in the semi-autonomous northeastern region of Somalia, Puntland. Puntland President Said Abdullahi Deni and his cabinet last week approved an anti-FGM bill, Thomson Reuters Foundation (TRF) reported. Parliament is to debate and approve it, setting the legal ground for ending the vice that affects 97.9 per cent […]

Pushing for Gender-Inclusive Representation

Pushing for Gender-Inclusive Representation

When a crisis hits Somalia, women and girls often bear the worst of it. Somalia is currently facing multiple shocks, including the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, locust invasions, food insecurity and ongoing insurgency. As conflict across the country increases, so too does the threat of harassment, kidnapping and sexual violence against women and girls. As locusts […]

At Least 20 Al-Shabaab Members Killed In Army Ops – SNA Chief

At Least 20 Al-Shabaab Members Killed In Army Ops – SNA Chief

At least 20 al-Shabaab militants were killed in a military operation in Somalia’s southern Lower Shabelle region, the army said on Thursday. Gen. Odawa Yusuf Rageh, the chief of Somalia’s army, told a military-run radio service that senior commanders of the group, which is affiliated with al-Qaeda, were among the dead. A military official in […]

UN Calls for End of FGM in Somalia

UN Calls for End of FGM in Somalia

Somalia has one of the highest rates of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the world. According to the latest Somali Health and Demographic Survey, 99 per cent of women between the ages of 15 and 49 have been subjected to this extremely harmful and unacceptable practice. “FGM is a harmful practice that scars girls and […]

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