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30 April 2021

Empowering Mogadishu youth through skills training and startup businesses

Deeqo Abukar Abdullahi, 22, comes from a family of four siblings. Both their parents died. Unfortunately, in 2020, she also lost her eldest brother, the breadwinner, to gunshot wounds following an... Read more

29 April 2021

Somalia’s maternal health workforce faces a shortage of midwives willing to relocate

Anfa Abdirahman Ahmed, 23, from Lower Shabelle, is a qualified midwife, but she is unemployed.  “I don’t have a job because I wasn’t willing to take up the one I was offered in a hardship area far... Read more

20 March 2021

Zamzam breaks gender stereotypes through art

“Many Somali young girls are faced with a lot of challenges; early marriage, female genital mutilation, lack of education and many others. But you know? This does not stop them from pursuing their... Read more

2 March 2021

Young people gain economic empowerment through innovations

The Dalbile youth fund, which provides grants to youth startups after going through boot camp for ideation and extensive mentorship and coaching on 27 February 2021 in Kismayo, identified Higsi... Read more

17 February 2021

Upholding the dignity of vulnerable women and girls during humanitarian crises

At a very tender age of four, Fardowsa Ahmed from Galkacyo was infected by polio, a disabling and life-threatening disease caused by the poliovirus. She was never taken to the hospital for treatment... Read more

6 February 2021
Press Release

Call on the Government of Somalia to commit to ending FGM by passing law prohibiting the practice

Mogadishu, 6 February 2021 – Somalia has one of the highest rates of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the world. According to the latest Somali Health and Demographic Survey, 99 per cent of women... Read more

30 January 2021

Call centre for women aspiring for leadership positions established in Mogadishu

A call centre for women aspiring for leadership positions has been established in Mogadishu by the Ministry of Women and Human Rights Development with financial and technical support from UNFPA... Read more

30 January 2021

Somaliland youth benefit from the Socio-Economic Empowerment of Youth Project

Asturakaaba Fashion Designs is a tailor enterprise in Somaliland that designs and makes women’s clothes, but business slowed for the clothes company following the COVID-19 pandemic which is... Read more

30 December 2020

COVID-19 isolation area for pregnant and lactating women established in Puntland

Mariam Muhammad (not real name), 23, from Garowe, Puntland was eight-months pregnant when she started feeling severe flu-like symptoms at the beginning of November 2020. Her situation worsened three... Read more

14 December 2020

Somalia, UN renew promise to deliver health for all, using Universal Health Coverage, urge partners to do the same

MOGADISHU, 12 December 2020 – On International Universal Health Coverage Day, the Somali Government, in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Population Fund... Read more