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In Her Shoes

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 06:48 Written by

“Walking ‘in the shoes’ of the Women Experiencing Violence”

Violence against women is one of the most systematic and widespread human rights violations. It is rooted in gendered social structures rather than individual and random acts; it cuts across age, socio-economic, educational and geographic boundaries; affects all societies; and is a major obstacle to ending gender inequality and discrimination globally.
The United Nations defines violence against women as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life”
As part of its mandate to end all types of violence against women and girlsNAFIS, in collaboration with Raising Voices of Uganda, organized a session in Hargeisa to introduce ‘In Her Shoes”.
In Her Shoes is an interactive group activity designed to give women and men the opportunity to walk “in the shoes” of women and girls experiencing various forms of violence. It is often an emotional and personal exercise that goes beyond traditional awareness raising to provide a direct experience of the realities that women and girls regularly face—in particular, the stigma and discrimination they commonly encounter when seeking support.
The session was participated by 30 members from local organizations whoare strongly involved inaddressing issues about violence against women in Somaliland.

The session run 4 hrs. forthe participants to walk in the shoes of women experiencing violence exercising three different activities. In the first part, participants walked in the shoes of eight women who experienced different violence by reading their stories, the secondpart was about discussing in her shoes by telling in her shoes stories in summary and discussing them. In part three, the participants acted “in her shoes” by proposing the way forward and taking action to prevent and respond to violence against women with its all kinds.
The session was closed by the Executive Director of NAFIS Network Mr. Abdirahman Gaas by thanking the participants for their endless effort to fight the violence against women and in particular, participating such a crucial session to walk in the shoes of the women who experience violence and the difficulties they face when seeking support.  
Mr. Gaas urged the participants to voluntarily disseminate in Her shoes with other stakeholders which will help all understanding and feeling how it’s difficult to a women to seek help when she is going through such a painful experience.
All the participants showed a great excitement to walk in her shoes, and were keen on to apply in her shoes approach by using the stories of local women who experienced a violence.

YOUTH IN ANTI-FGM/C CAMPAIGN

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 06:37 Written by

Network Against FGM/C In Somaliland (NAFIS) in collaboration with Taakulo Somaliland Community (TASCO) established 6 youth forum platforms which the youth will be able to advocate and lobby for the passage of implementation the Anti-FGM policy, law and also gain knowledge to be able to educate and influence other youth groups and the community to change their attitude and practices towards FGM.

Network Against FGM/C in Somaliland (NAFIS) in collaboration with Taakulo Somaliland Community (TASCO) established 6 youth forums (40 participants for each region) at the eastern regions of Somaliland (Togdheer, Sool and Sanaag) the least FGM/C intervention in the country. each region two (2) youth forums were established one forum for secondary and tertiary education youth and one forum school out youth. The established youth forum platforms will be able to advocate and lobby for the passage of implementation the Anti-FGM policy, law and also gain knowledge to educate and influence other youth groups and the community to change their attitude and practices towards FGM.

The youth was trained for FGM/C education and its health complications to pass the knowledge for the community as well as to be active and have enough knowledge for the upcoming quarterly meetings and to be part of the awareness campaign.

These youth forums will meet quarterly and will actively participate the awareness of FGM/C in their regions. The youth affirmed to transfer this useful knowledge for their families as well as the community in the region and will actively participate the advocacy of anti-FGM/C bill.

Regional Coordination meetings

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 06:33 Written by

Network Against FGM/C In Somaliland (NAFIS) in collaboration with Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs organized annual regional coordination meetings in Sool, Sanaag, Togdheer, Sahil and Awdal regions in Somaliland, these one day regional coordination meetings were participated more than 150 participants (30 participants for each region) These regional coordination meetings were participated different stakeholders, line ministries, LNGO's, Youth, religious/ traditional leaders, women activists, and  INGO's.

The objectives of these meetings were:

Ø  Information sharing on achievements made so far at regional level

Ø  Discussions on challenges met during the last year

Ø  And proposing the way forward 

Participants shared their achievements towards the eradication campaign of FGM/C and areas of their interventions to avoid overlapping of activities in same places.

Moreover, these meetings strengthen the information and experience sharing of anti-FGM/C stakeholders and improved their collaboration as well as the referral system between them.
At the end of these meetings, the anti-FGM/C stakeholders discussed the way forward and develop action plan to conquer the challenges they met during their interventions

Rape in Somaliland

Saturday, 14 October 2017 06:44 Written by



Produced by: (Amplifying civil society voice on GBV coalition members in Somaliland)

Rape is a violation of human rights which results health consequence including physical, psychological, and emotional and a serious loss of dignity and respect. In social aspect, it causes a lot of problems which have an impact on the security, economy, and the health of the community; Rape is one of the most common violations against women and Children’s rights. Somaliland was one of the lowest rape cases in the previous time; however, there is an increase of rape cases in the last decade.

As world health organization reports have described the consequences of the rape, including Gynecological disorders, Reproductive disorders, Sexual disorders, Infertility, Pelvic inflammatory disease, Pregnancy complications, Miscarriage, Sexual dysfunction, Acquiring sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS, Mortality from the injuries, Increased risk of suicide, Depression, Chronic pain Psychosomatic disorders Unsafe abortion and Unwanted pregnancy (Krug, 2002 report).

Women and children are most groups who are at high risk and vulnerabilities to be raped, in the most cases of the rape occur in where their low security, including IDPs, rural area, some villages in the cities, it’s also reported the majority of rape victims are young and old women.

The problems of the rape (sexual violence) have social impact on the dignity of the victims, its strained relationships with family, friend and intimate partners, it creates less emotional support from friends and family, creating discrimination of victims and it also enhance community's hostility and minimize their integration,

Somali community have traditional rules to solve the internal problem of the society, but in terms of issues of the rape, traditional rule (Customary law) is the most common rules they use as conflict solution of the rape issue to achieve quick resolution and peaceful agreement between the both sides (victims and perpetrators), it seems somehow extremely harmful for the victims, because it takes away the victim’s rights and could cause long-term emotional trauma, especially in the case of marriage between the victims and perpetrator and have no longer sustainability of their marriage.

However, the customary law does not become an effective law that can minimize incidents of rape within the communities, some communities believe customary law promote and facilitate the perpetrators to continue this harmful action and they described the punishment only happens to his clan, not to the perpetrators because of collection payment of compensation to the victim so they blame solving rape traditionally create some sort of social insurance for perpetrators to do gain and gain. Customary law was also described as creating a climate of impunity for GBV including rape crimes, as there was a lack of personal responsibility and punishment to act as a deterrent.

For these cases, the sexual offensive bill (rape bill) was drafted by local non-governmental organizations together with relevant line ministries of the Somaliland Government, lead by Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs. This was done through facilitating public consultations and validation workshops that brought together lawyers, civil society, elders and religious leaders to discuss the contents to be in relation to social context.

The rape bill is based on the consultation by different stakeholders to create a legal framework to fight against an increasing rape cases in our country. The drafted bill would emphasize to end the impunity and violations caused by rape. However the Rape bill is also based on a comprehensive criminal code to find a systematic legal framework of justice to eradicate the harmful and aggressive behaviour of perpetrators, the sexual offensive bill is for long period with the parliament of Somaliland and still its  approve bending.

The rape is a serious concern that impacts the well-being and resiliency of our community across Somaliland, addressing of gender based violence, including rape, are need to be taken as national priority and one that impacts the development of our community as a whole, to respond increasing rape cases in our country, parliament of Somaliland should approve the sexual offensive bill, this will build up trust and integration of the communities for peacefully way and will ensure confidentiality of survivors to find justice system. Finally we urge the parliament to serve for their people that they represent and acknowledge the need for the voiceless to acquire justice for their burning issues and cases.

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