A welcome verdict for Aisha Ilyas’ family – and a hard prod to push the National Sexual Offences Bill in Somalia

A Joint Statement by CORD and  SIHA NETWORK This week has been momentous for the justice system of Puntland state with a plausible ruling in the case of Aisha Ilyas where three men were found guilty of gang-raping and murdering the 12 year old after she was kidnapped in Galkaayo – Puntland, Somalia on Monday 25th February 2019. With a case that […]


We are excited to announce that the SIHA Women in Islam Journal (Issues 1 and 2) is now available for purchase online via Issuu. Issue 3 will soon be available.  The journal explores the complexities of gender relations in Muslim communities in the Horn of Africa and beyond, engaging critically with conflicting perceptions of Islam in relation[…..]

A SHADOW ECONOMY: Women street vendors in Hargeisa and their role in contributing to the Somaliland’s economic development

Hargeisa, the capital city of Somaliland has been growing for the last two (2) decades. During the reconstruction and re-building of the state, Somaliland continued to remain peaceful. Prior to the fall of Somalia’s dictatorship government in 1991 and the break-out of the civil war, women’s roles were traditionally tied down to caregivers at home.[…..]

Engaging 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[…..]