PRESS STATEMENT: Somaliland Religious Affairs Fatwa on Female Genital Mutilation/ Cutting – NOT TO BE MISLED

Recently in Somaliland, coinciding with the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, a fatwa (religious ban) was issued by the Ministry of Religious Affairs stating as follows: ‘It’s forbidden to perform any circumcision that is contrary to the religion which involves cutting and sewing up, like the pharaoh circumcision, the ministry’s fatwa. […]

PRESS STATEMENT: Somaliland passes its first Anti-rape Law

For the longest time, stories of rape are prolific in Somaliland’s urban areas with the semi-independent state’s image of an “island of relative peace” away from the turmoil in Somalia. In the past, majority of rape victims believe that law enforcement authorities are un-willing and ill-equipped to investigate these crimes. Commendably so, after a seven-year[…..]

PRESS RELEASE: Public Order Laws in Sudan continue to be used to punish and control women

The report, ‘Criminalisation of Women in Sudan: A Need for Fundamental Reform’, shows how public order laws, designed to protect morality, continue to disproportionately target women, who can face long spells in jail and flogging for infractions such as wearing ‘trousers’ The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) and REDRESS have[…..]

COMMUNIQUE: Our heads are bent by the heavy burden

The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) Network convened its annual board, staff and advisors meeting attended by 32 members from 8 different countries across the region on 16 – 18th November,  in Entebbe, Uganda. Our debates and discussion underlined the new cycles of disparity evolving every day, which continue to implicate women,[…..]