Maka Holds Her Dignity Kit During a Distribution Drive
Through the 'Enhancing Access to GBV Specialized Services and Prevention Information in Drought-impacted Locations in Somalia Project' supported by the government of Japan, UNFPA reached 14,836 women and girls with lifesaving and integrated GBV (Gender-Based Violence) and SRH (Sexual and Reproductive Health) services across various districts in Somalia, including the Jowhar district. Among these women is Ma...
Baby Girls wrapped in Maternity Gifts from SOMA/UNFPA (Photo: SOMA)
In Somalia, where cultural norms and traditional beliefs intersect with the challenges faced by women and girls, the battle against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) wages on. Grappling with FGM as a significant public health issue, Somalia has witnessed a glimmer of hope through an unconventional channel: midwives. These trusted figures, deeply ingrained in society, emerge as advocates for zero tolerance towards FGM....
UNFPA trained midwife with a newborn baby at Banadir Hospital, Mogadishu
The scale and frequency of climate-related crises in Somalia in the last few years have resulted in unmitigated hardship for communities. Apart from inducing displacement, the lives and livelihoods of families have been upended by drought, floods, and related disasters. Pregnant women and lactating mothers tend to face the harshest brunt of these terrible and unannounced climate crises as their attempts to seek safet...

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