Publications

  • Negotiating Patriarchy: Man as Allies against Violence against Women

    Negotiating Patriarchy: Men as allies against violence against women.

    This newly released SIHA publication was developed primarily as a guide for social activists involved in challenging gender inequality in the Horn of Africa. This 36-paged guide, promotes connecting with men as an essential approach towards addressing violence against women and emphasizes the importance of their involvement.

    It delves into the challenges of negotiating patriarchy and shares best practices and suggested models of working with and engaging men to prevent violence against women. Please click on the link below to access a PDF version of this exciting new piece of work by SIHA available in both English and Arabic.

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  • Inspire a girl, inspire a nation: Literacy and Leadership

    This curriculum is designed around the principle that to “inspire a girl child is to inspire a nation.” In these sessions, teachers will inspire girls to see themselves as leaders and advocates of their own rights, as well as the rights of their fellow community members. The curriculum is centred around the idea that girls can identify the problems facing their communities, then design, plan, and implement community projects that create solutions to these problems. The curriculum has two modules, each module consists of 4-5 learning sessions that cover topics such as leadership, shared vision, effective communication, sexual violence protections, community resource identification, project planning, reproductive health, and literacy, among others.

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  • Inspire a girl, inspire a nation: Community Builders

    This curriculum is designed around the principle that to “inspire a girl child is to inspire a nation.” In these sessions, teachers will inspire girls to see themselves as leaders and advocates of their own rights, as well as the rights of their fellow community members. The curriculum is centred around the idea that girls can identify the problems facing their communities, then design, plan, and implement community projects that create solutions to these problems. The curriculum has two modules, each module consists of 4-5 learning sessions that cover topics such as leadership, shared vision, effective communication, sexual violence protections, community resource identification, project planning, reproductive health, and literacy, among others.

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  • The Other War - Gang rape in Somaliland

    As chronic occurrences of conflicts over the past decades have left the Horn of Africa struggling with fragile state structures and nations’ tribal and ethnic affiliations opposed to states’ modern obligations, the report sheds light onto the interconnection between historical development, existing clan structures and Somaliland plural legal system, from a women's rights perspective. The report touches upon concepts of gerontocracy and gender assumptions influencing the lives of Somalilands' population and further highlights notions of gender relations and the frustration experienced by youth in terms of limitations of the traditional system and the weakness of modern statuary legal scheme.

    This paper outlines the challenges women and girls face on a day-to-day basis in Somaliland and highlights their systematic victimization, subordination and subjection to violence. In contrast to the intents of limiting women and girls’ opportunities and appearances however, women are aiming at capitalizing the small space and opportunities they’re gaining, leading to their engagement and presence in public life, as well as their demand for justice.

    SIHA wishes to dedicate this research to the countless victims of sexual violence in Somaliland and would like to thank them foremost for speaking out and their tireless contribution in trying to access justice.

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  • Third Class Citizens: Women and Citizenship in Sudan.

    Shedding light on the scope and nature of discriminative laws and practices women are facing in Sudan, this paper touches upon issues of gender discrimination in terms of citizenship and explores aspects of Sudan’s legal framework which aims at restricting, regulating and limiting women’s presence in the public sphere, despite the major contributions women are making to the economic sector of the country.

    The paper additionally outlines historical and political patterns of women’s rights in Sudan and presents insights on international regional and human rights commitments opposed to the existing domestic legislations and how these negatively impact on the equal citizenship of women in Sudan.The discriminative laws allowing the systematic alienation and disintegration of women in Sudan have led to a complex environment for women to exist, with a deeply rooted subordination based on a combination of militant interpretations of religion and patriarchal culture.

    Drawing on personal stories and experiences of marginalized women in Sudan, this paper sheds light on the inequalities affecting equal citizenship from a human rights perspective, highlighting issues of the tolerated impunity on cases of abuse.

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  • If the Tree Shakes......

    A booklet of drawings, proverbs and memorable messages in local Arabic language helps girls and women to protect themselves from the daily harassment, rape and physical violence during looting, which they are exposed to in IDP or refugee camps. A trainer on community based protection techniques, it is a must read for parents, traditional leaders, children, juveniles and teachers. Gathered from women in IDP camps the illustrations and advice reveals that violence against women committed during armed conflict continues inside the camps. The reader concludes that the protection of girls and women is a shared responsibility - as lifting blame from the victims and impunity from perpetrators is.

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