Statement attributable to UNFPA Representative for Somalia, Mr. Anders Thomsen on the gang rape of a 12-year- old girl in Somalia


Mogadishu, 23 June 2019 – We are gravely concerned by the death of 12-year-old Najmo
Abdilkadir Hassan from Burtinle in Puntland who passed on after suffering a brutal gangrape
on 19 June 2019.
UNFPA strongly condemns this barbaric act of gender-based violence. We stand with
Najmo’s family and call for a speedy investigation into this grave crime. Perpetrators must be
held to account.
The scale and gravity of similar attacks in the country recently mark a disturbing escalation
of violence. Violence against women and girls harms families and communities across
generations and reinforces other forms of violence prevalent in society.
We must work together to prevent such acts of sexual violence so everyone can live without
fear and in freedom no matter their age or gender.
UNFPA calls on all stakeholders to strengthen efforts to protect women and children in
Somalia.
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UNFPA inquiries: please contact Ms. Pilirani Semu-Banda, Communications, Partnerships and Donor Relations Specialist,
UNFPA Somalia, Tel: +254 734500439; semu-banda@unfpa.org

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COMMEMORATION OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 8TH MARCH 2019

Date: 10th March 2019
Somali Women Journalists Rights Association (SOWJRA) organized international women’s day celebrations in Mogadishu on 8th March 2019. The event brought together female journalist, women from civil society organizations, women from Diaspora, women activists and youth from different backgrounds and other distinguished guests. The theme was to identify the obstacles to the progress and development of women in the media and to also identify ways of finding solutions to these obstacles. The event also addressed the importance of commemorating of this occasion of 8 March each year and its importance to the development and public awareness about the challenges women face and sensitization of all kinds of violations against women.
Arafo Moallim Said one of Somali Diaspora from America has expressed her feeling and encouraged women journalist to take the voice of women to the highest level in order to get their rights. She also spoke on the increase of gender-based violence as well as mobilizing women to participate in peace building and decision-making process.
Similarly, female journalists also mentioned denial of women’s rights and the abuses in the media which needs to be addressed and dealt with. SOWJRA Chairlady Leila Ad’ed Osman has sent congratulations to all women in the world particularly to the Somali Women and women journalists for the occasion of 8 March 2019. She noted that women in Somalia are in critical conditions especially female journalists who are working under harsh conditions. ‘‘We need to build our capacity to better understand our rights. Once we get the knowledge and skills we are able to fight for our rights’’ Leila said.
Somali Women Journalists Rights Association (SOWJRA) condemns the killings of 10 people who six of them were working in the sanitation campaign at Hawo Abdi Mogadishu- Afgoye corridor and the recent violations and gang rapes and killings that took place in Galkacyo, Guriceel, Adado, Mogadishu, Garbaharey and many other places in Somalia.
Somali Women Journalists Rights Association
Ururka u dooda Haweenka Suxufiyiinta Soomaaliyeed
Finally the participants of the event jointly made a call for the Federal government of Somalia and the international Community to address the seemingly increasing violations against women including children in south and central Somalia.

watch the pictures 8th Marso women’s day Pictures.

Somali Women Journalist Rights Association (SOWJRA) has released a statement

Somali Women Journalist Rights Association (SOWJRA) has released a statement on the suffering of Somalia women journalist during a debate held on 30th October 2018 at  Mogadishu, Somalia. The debate was around on how to increase the professional skills of female journalists who operate in the local media. The event brought together more than 20 female journalists in Mogadishu. The debate was facilitated by experts in journalism, attended leaders of independent Media organizations, Journalists, Lawyers and Civil Society Members. During the event, the chairperson of SOWJRA Leila Ad’ed Osman welcomed the participants and talked about SOWJRA’s efforts to increase the advocacy level of women journalists as well as contribute to the prevention of violations against women journalist.  Female Journalists from local media who participated in the debate have reported that there were many barriers for women’s journalism in the Somali media industry, commonly caused by the unequal opportunities of employment, skill trainings and this was due to exclusiveness in decision making process at their respective media institutions. Female Journalists have also added that in this technology era women journalists need to compete with the new modern technologies and to establish an opportunity for those who are interested in the media.  The events main purpose was to highlight major challenges of female journalist in the media sector and to bring solutions to their work related problems. Leila Ad’ed Osman, Chairlady of SOWJRA spoke about the importance and the key role women journalist play in the media industry in Somalia. She also requested the federal government to support and bring a lasting solutions to the major challenges that women journalist face as part of their career in the media.   Women’s journalists who attended the debate produced a joint press release after the meeting on the nature of the torture and the challenges they faced during their work, the following action points were taken into account: 1.      To stop gender based discrimination on the job and other sexual exploitation of young girls; women journalists in the media are sometimes banned from performing certain work, and only assigned in entertainment programs.  

 

2.      To keep an eye on women’s conditions when seeking jobs because they meet a lot of challenges, the need to find a job, with a vast majority of women who are professionally free and willing to join the media. 

3.      To improve equal job/training opportunities in the media environment for boys and girls and increase professional development of the female journalist in Somalia.

4.      To enhance networks and partnership, this is done through co-ordinate consultative forums/meetings amongst and between women journalist in the country. Actually, this will help them have one voice and jointly fight for their rights

5.      To promote women journalist’s participation in decision making. The Somali media environment does not make any job promotion for female journalist

  Finally, the Somali Women Journalist Rights Association (SOWJRA) welcomes the local, national and international organizations who working on women related issue to support and take part for the empowerment of the female journalists in Somalia

 

 

A female journalist wounded during Al-Shabab attack at Naasahablood 2 Hotel in Mogadishu

Deeqo Cubeyd Mohamed a female journalist who was working for Radio Afgoye was injured during Al-Shabab attack at Naasahablood 2 Hotel in Mogadishu on 26th October 2017. She has been ill for a long time in her home village of Boondheere in Mogadishu. Unfortunately she did not receive any health services from the government or any other agencies, but there has been promises made and she is still waiting for medical assistance to improve her situation.  ‘I have requested a number of times from the government and media organizations to support me to be health again’’ She said.

 

During interview with Deko Cubeyd, the journalist reported that the left legs and the bones needed to grow from the lungs are becoming weaker, and she says that the medical doctors have informed me that my case cannot be solved here in the country so I need to be treated abroad.

 

Somali Women Journalist Rights Association (SOWJRA) which advocates for the rights of female journalists has paid a visit to Deko Cubeyd to inquire about her health situation and to raise funds as well as advocate for her case. Leila Aded, SOWJRA chairlady has presented funds which she collected from the members of Somali Women Journalist Rights Association (SOWJRA).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A communiqué from the Somali women journalist rights association (SOWJRA) on the suffering of women journalists

Somali Women Journalist Rights Association (SOWJRA) has released a statement on the suffering of Somalia women journalist during a high profile event held on 24th December 2017 at SYL Hotel, Mogadishu, Somalia. The event brought together Members of Parliament, the Minister of Information and Tourism of the Federal Government of Somalia, Information Ministers of Federal Member States, and Leaders of an Independent Media organization, Journalists, Lawyers and Civil Society Members attended the event. During the event, the chairperson of SOWJRA talked about organizations efforts to prevent violations against women journalist and advocate for their rights. She also presented the findings of recent survey on the challenges women journalists encounter on and off their jobs in the media environment.  

The events main purpose was to highlight major challenges of female journalist in the media sector and to bring solutions to their work related problems. Mohamed Omar Dalxa, a key member of the Somali Parliament spoke about the role and importance of women journalist and the key role they played. He also requested the federal government to support and bring a lasting solutions to the major challenges that women journalist face as part of their career in the media.   

Women’s journalists held a joint press conference organized by the Women’s Lawyers Association (SOWJRA) on the nature of the torture and the challenges they faced during their work, the following action points were taken into account:

 1.      To keep an eye on women’s conditions when seeking jobs because they meet a lot of challenges, the need to find a job, with a vast majority of women who are professionally free and willing to join the media.

 2.      To stop gender based discrimination on the job and other sexual exploitation of young girls; women journalists in the media are sometimes banned from performing certain work, and only assigned in entertainment programs.  3.      To improve equal job/training opportunities in the media environment for boys and girls and increase professional development of the female journalist in Somalia.

4.      To promote women journalist participation in decision making. The Somali media environment does not make any job promotion for female journalist.

  5.      To enhance networks and partnership, this is done through co-ordinate consultative forums/meetings amongst and between women journalist in the country. Actually, this will help them have one voice and jointly fight for their rights

 

  The Somali Women Journalist Rights Association (SOWJRA) welcomes and commends the Somali Ministry of Information; Eng. Abdirahman Osman Yarisow, who participated in this debate, said that the complaints of women journalists are an issue that needs to be addressed. SOWJRA also welcomes the call for the Minister of Information during a meeting of media reporters to stop violations against female journalist in Somalia.  

 Finally, the Somali Women Journalist Rights Association (SOWJRA) welcomes anyone involved in preventing violence against women journalists and supporting the empowerment of the female journalist in Somalia.

 Leila Ad’ed Osman

Somali Women Journalist Rights Association (SOWJRA)

Chairperson Email:

chairlady@sowjra.org            

info@sowjra.org           

leyla@sowjra.org

Mobile: +252615610500

 

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