GENDER ALERT : Carping at sexual violence in Somalia

#HearMeToo  Somalia has endured a protracted conflict for over twenty years with numerous competing forces seeking control territory and in the process placing the lives of ordinary civilians at risk of violence, starvation, forced marriage, rape and subsequent death. The escalation of conflict has created a precarious security environment with an absence of functioning accountability […..]

GENDER ALERT: In Pursuit of Full Guardianship under the Sudan Personal Status Law

Zahra is in an ongoing legal battle to provide a safe and stable home for her two children after her ex-husband upended their lives through actions for which he was never held accountable. Her efforts are bringing her up against the long-standing Islamic traditions of “guardianship”, which vests ultimate rights and responsibility for children in[…..]

GENDER ALERT: A historic passage of the Sexual Offences Bill in Somaliland

In an ululating victory for Somaliland, the sexual offences bill that was awaiting President Muse Bihi Abdi’s signature, was finally ratified – in a significant legislative move to deter rape and all gender-based violations against women in the state. This move must also be regarded as a notable advancement of the rights of women and[…..]