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Somalia: Marginalising women in politics

August 24, 2012

Having 30 plus women in the Somali parliament is actually an enormous achievement which "shows that there are many women competent and willing to fill public office" [EPA]

Somalia: a call for sisterhood

September 4, 2012

In the run up to next week's Presidential election in Somalia, Zainab M. Hassan writes an open letter to new women parliamentarians asking them to demonstrate collective leadership in their choice of someone to lead a ruined country.

Somalia: Female genital mutilation banned under new constitution

August 17, 2012

Activists welcome measure but urge need for health warnings, community empowerment schemes, and dissociation from Islam.

Somalia: Woman Beheaded

August 21, 2012

SIHA Public Statement:

 – Peace in Somalia will Remain a Superficial until the Human Rights of Women are Protected.

Somalia: UN Denounces 'Privatization' of Violence Against Somali Women

December 16, 2011

The United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women Rashida Manjoo spoke to reporters in Nairobi Friday about her just-concluded mission to Somalia, where she examined the occurrence of gender-based violence there.

Somalia: UN Reports of Rape of Somali Women Fleeing Famine

August 11, 2011

The United Nations official leading the fight against sexual violence in times of conflict today voiced concern over reports that women and girls fleeing famine in Somalia were being raped or abducted and forced into marriage by bandits and other armed groups as they tried to reach refugee camps in Kenya.

Rape with impunity - plight of Somalia's women refugees

December 15, 2010

The three Somali women sat huddled together in a corner of an empty, dusty room in a camp for displaced people in northern Somalia, their faces etched with grief and resignation.

They were all rape victims. Two of them had been gang-raped, by up to six men.

One of the women had a baby tied to her waist. She had been attacked while trying to prevent her daughter from being raped. In the ensuing struggle, the attackers broke her husband's hand.

Somali Islamists Kill Two Girls Branded Spies

October 28, 2010


MOGADISHU, Somalia — Somalia’s most powerful Islamist insurgents, the Shabab, executed two teenage girls on Wednesday after deciding they were spies, setting off fears among residents, officials and witnesses said.

SOMALIA: UN Independent Expert on Somalia calls for protection of civilians & accountability for human rights perpetrators

August 10, 2010

GENEVA (10 August 2010) – The UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, Shamsul Bari, today urged the international community to provide due attention to the protection of civilians in Somalia and ensure accountability for perpetrators of gross human rights and International Humanitarian law violations.

Indiscriminate Attacks Devastate Mogadishu

April 18, 2010

(New York) April 18, 2010 -- The Islamist armed group al-Shabaab is subjecting inhabitants of southern Somalia to killings, cruel punishments, and repressive social control, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Al-Shabaab, the Transitional Federal Government (TFG), and African Union (AU) forces in the war-torn capital, Mogadishu, continue to conduct indiscriminate attacks, killing and wounding numerous civilians.

Somalia: Girl stoned was a child of 13

31 October 2008

Contrary to earlier news reports, the girl stoned to death in Somalia this week was 13, not 23, Amnesty International can reveal.

Somalia: Woman stoned to death for adultery

29/10/2008: Somali Islamists have stoned to death a woman accused of adultery, witnesses said, the first such public killing by the militants for about two years. (Independent / Reuters)