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Somali Women Demand Guarantee Of 30% Of Parliament In 2021 Election

Somali Women Demand Guarantee Of 30% Of Parliament In 2021 Election

Women’s rights groups, prominent businesswomen and female politicians in Somalia are urging the country’s male-dominated parliament to pass a bill reserving 30% of seats for women in next year’s general election. Women hold 24% of the 329 seats in Somalia’s lower and upper houses of parliament, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), up from 14% in […]

Somali Women’s Basketball Team Defy Prejudice, Hostility

Somali Women’s Basketball Team Defy Prejudice, Hostility

Whistles screech on the sea breeze as three female Somali coaches inspect a line of women in black and blue headscarves dribbling basketballs. It’s not just the heat that makes it hard: the women are also braving the scorn of their families and the threat of attack by gunmen who think women should not play […]

Somalia’s New PM Takes Office, Pledges To Fight Women Abuses

Somalia’s New PM Takes Office, Pledges To Fight Women Abuses

The newly-appointed prime minister of Somalia Mohamed Hussein Roble has taken the office from the acting and deputy PM Mahdi Mohamed Guled Khadar on Sunday. Cabinet members and other high-ranking government officials were in attendance at the hand-over event held the PM’s office inside the heavily guarded presidential palace. In his speech, Roble has vowed […]

Outrage As Somali Parliament Drafts Law Permitting Child, Forced Marriages

Outrage As Somali Parliament Drafts Law Permitting Child, Forced Marriages

Somalia’s parliament has sparked outrage by replacing long-awaited legislation to protect women and girls from violence with a new bill permitting child and forced marriage. The East African nation has high rates of child marriage and violence against women, including rape and female genital mutilation (FGM). The United Nations says 45% of women are married before […]

Parliament To Have 30 Percent Women After House Approval

Parliament To Have 30 Percent Women After House Approval

The lower house has approved a bill providing for a 30% quota for women in the Somali parliament. Although the parliament has yet to ratify the bill, it is one more step towards the feminization of politics in Somalia. It is a long-term struggle in a society that is both patriarchal and traditionalist, but progress […]

Red Cross Fears Coronavirus Spreading Silently In Somalia’s Displaced Camps

Red Cross Fears Coronavirus Spreading Silently In Somalia’s Displaced Camps

The new coronavirus could be spreading undetected through camps across Somalia hosting some 2.6 million displaced people, the Red Cross warned on Tuesday, as floods and conflict swelled the numbers fleeing into overcrowded settlements. Almost 500,000 people have been forced from their homes by recent floods in central Somalia, the United Nations said, putting further pressure […]

Mogadishu Residents Reluctant To Follow State Orders On COVID-19

Mogadishu Residents Reluctant To Follow State Orders On COVID-19

In mid-March, Somalia’s council of ministers held a special meeting on COVID-19, as it became clear that the pandemic was soon to hit country. Chaired by Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre, the cabinet members labelled the virus as germ with massive potential to kill masses, hence deciding a series of measures. “The public must realise […]

Farmajo Lauds Somalia’s Achievement On Debt Relief

Farmajo Lauds Somalia’s Achievement On Debt Relief

President Mohamed Farmaajo has commended both the country’s achievement to reach interim debt relief. In a statement, President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo said the decision by the World Bank and IMF was critical for reforms in Somalia. “This debt relief decision by IMF, WB, IDA and the support from friends of Somalia, is a timely boost […]

Somali Rapist And Murderer Pays 75 Camels To Escape Death

Somali Rapist And Murderer Pays 75 Camels To Escape Death

The release of a Somali man on death row for the rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl after he paid 75 camels undermines a landmark law to curb gender violence and promotes a culture of impunity in the East African nation, women’s rights groups said. Aisha Ilyes Aden was abducted from a market in […]

Somalia Executes Two Men By Firing Squad For Girl’s Gang Rape and Murder

Somalia Executes Two Men By Firing Squad For Girl’s Gang Rape and Murder

The killing triggered demonstrations calling for authorities to enforce a law to secure justice in the East African nation, where rape victims are stigmatized Somalia executed two men by firing squad on Tuesday for the gang rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl, a government official said, adding it would serve as a warning to […]

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