Statement to the 75th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (in English & French)
We call upon the African Commission to hold Member States of the Horn of Africa accountable to their commitments to African women, as parties to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and to the ideals of The Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (the Maputo Protocol)….
Living in the Borderlands: Impact of the Armed Conflict on Women and Girls in Las’Anod
On June 26, 1960, Somaliland formally declared its independence from the United Kingdom. Shortly thereafter, on July 1, 1960, the State of Somaliland and Italian Somalia united to become the Somali Republic. However, Somaliland regained its independence in 1991 after years of struggle, spearheaded by the Somali National Movement (SNM), a guerrilla movement predominately comprised of people from the Isaaq clan that fought against the Somali regime led by President Mohamed Siad Barre…
Newspaper article – Engendering the Digital Economy: Reflections from Women Market Vendors in Uganda
The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day as appropriately chosen by the United Nations, was “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality.”
It takes into account why technological innovations are increasingly being recognized as a precondition by civil society organisations, governments, the academia and private sector to accelerate the attainment of all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),..
Position Paper – Improving Women’s Access to Information and Meaningful Participation in Somalia
This position paper is based on information gathering conducted by the Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) in Somalia and involves different groups of women and women’s organizations, including grassroots women’s organizations/networks, women human rights defenders, activists, women politicians, IDPs and women with disabilities.
Women’s and grassroots civil society’s participation in Sudan’s current political process toward democracy and civilian governance
This position paper draws on a series of discussions and interviews conducted by the Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) between August 2021 and June 2022. These discussions were complemented by an online survey completed by 98 women from various backgrounds, including grassroots women’s networks, …
Stop using religion to justify sexual violence against women and girls in Somalia
Joint Civil Society Organizations Press statement:
Civil society and human rights organisations are deeply appalled by the recent decision of the Parliament of Somalia to pass the Sexual Intercourse Bill over the historic Sexual Offences Bill (SOB) that was adopted by the Council of Ministers in May 2018.
Gender Alert: Child and Forced Marriage – Shattering Dreams of Young Girls in South Sudan
Child and forced marriage are both human rights violations and harmful practices that disproportionately affect women and girls globally, preventing them from enjoying their childhood and living fulfilling lives. This year’s National 16 Days of Activism theme in South Sudan, “Take Responsibility: Protect Women and Girls from GBV” is crucial in the context of child and forced marriage
Anti Stoning Campaign Follow-up Statement: The women of Sudan deserve a better legal framework
On the 21st of December, following a retrial ordered by the appellant court, Amal1 who faced death by stoning is now facing a 6-month prison term. It is evident that the appellant court did not consider the injustices of a death sentence for the crime of adultery or the disproportionate way it affects women. The court instead called for a retrial…