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[…..]

PRESS STATEMENT: Condemning insurgent acts of terrorism in the double truck bombings in Mogadishu, Somalia

Somalia’s long-running political unrest has continued to take a heavy toll on civilians, as warring partied and insurgent Islamic continue to hurt, kill and later, displace them in the country.  On Saturday 14th October, a deadly double truck bombing struck in Mogadishu – one of the deadliest attacks in the capital of Somalia, with a[…..]

We are Launching! Community Activism Guide for Women Rights

The SIHA Community Activism Guide for Women Rights provides a critical analysis of women movements and organisations in the Horn of Africa A review by Lyn Ossome Community activism is acknowledged as being a core component of the work of women’s rights and human rights organisations. As a strategic and long-term endeavour, it carries the[…..]