Fadwo Hassan Jimale, a women rights activist working with the Somali Women and Child Care Association in Somalia and Teyiba Yassin of the Yitawek Timret Coalition in Ethiopia scooped the SIHA Women Human Rights Defenders’ Awards – 2021. They were both awarded at colourful ceremonies in their respective countries for their demonstration of courage, leadership for women rights to influence shift in positive social change and transformation among their communities.
First ever grassroots women cooperatives conference held in Khartoum, Sudan
The first ever Grassroots Women Cooperatives Conference in Sudan was held on 16th June 2021, in Khartoum, bringing together women street vendors, migrants, IDP women, government officials, political parties and civil society. The discussions were centered around the establishment of Sudanese women cooperatives through laws, regulations, and capacity building and access to resources.
Following the conference, the Ambassador of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Sudan, H.E. Irma van Dueren visited women cooperatives in Umbadah locality in Umdurman and Soba area in Khartoum.
A remarkable win in achieving #justice4hamdi in Somalia
Following a robust campaign led by SIHA and our partners in pursuit of #Justice4Hamdi, a remarkable win was recorded when a letter (dated 27th April 2021) was released from the Banadir Regional Court which communicated a final decision on the trial of three suspects held for their egregious crimes. The letter also announced that one of the suspects had been found guilty.
“Hamdi’s campaign was an eye opener, and this shows our voices have been heard, this gives us more strength to fight for justice and to push for policies that protect women…” – Said Farhiya Ali an activist living in Mogadishu.
Launch of women market vendors' manifesto in Arua, Uganda
Recently, the Women Market Vendors’ Manifesto was launched in Arua, West Nile sub-region in Northern Uganda.
The Women Market Vendors’ Manifesto (2021-2026) was developed in December 2020 following a series of consultative meetings with 80o women market vendors from the different markets in Arua city with support from SIHA. The Manifesto is a political document that lays out critical issues of concern affecting the women in the informal economy and demands for addressing these issues with the aim of enhancing the participation of women in political and public spaces.
Girls clubs established in Wau, South Sudan
SIHA recently supported the establishment of girls’ associations whose members are comprised of school-going and out-of-school girls with a common and shared agenda and value on social change and girls’ rights advancement in Wau, South Sudan.
Women human rights defenders meet in Djibouti
The SIHA-supported Women Human Rights Defenders Network meets in Djibouti City, Djibouti to coordinate their advocacy activities on protection and legal and policy frameworks.
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Our very own board member appointed as commissioner in Ethiopia
In June 2021, our very own Board Directress, Rigbe Gebrehewariat Hagos was appointed Commissioner for Disability Rights and the Rights of Older Persons to the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC).
Rigbe started disability rights advocacy while working for a Non-Governmental Organization on the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, and she has since become one of the leading advocates, researchers and advisors for disability rights for over the past ten years.
SIHA member in the spotlight: Ubah Fitness Centre
The Ubah Inspire and Fitness Center is a fitness centre for women and inspiration programs activities located in Hargeisa, Somaliland.