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5 March 2018

Fistula campaign gives hope to isolated women

Canab Salad, 17, from Howlwadaag in Puntland is known as the girl who is possessed by demons and has been mostly living in isolation from her family and community. She had been leading a normal life... Read more

6 February 2018
A circumciser showing the razor used in the procedure

FGM – I was cut and sewn up – not once but twice

UNFPA Somalia Youth Programme officer, Fatuma Muhumed, narrates her ordeal with Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) I remember vividly that it was on a bright, sunny morning when my mother called me and... Read more

11 January 2018
Protecting women against sexual offenses

UNFPA welcomes law that criminalizes sexual offenses in Somaliland

UNFPA welcomes the new law that the Somaliland Parliament passed on 6 January 2018 and that criminalizes all sexual offenses. We congratulate the Parliamentarians in Hargeisa for creating a... Read more

19 December 2017

Young people fight GBV and promote health through drama

Members of the Somaliland Youth Peer Education Network (Y-Peer) have started utilising theatre skills and participatory drama methodology to raise awareness on gender-based violence (GBV) and sexual... Read more

11 December 2017
Press Release

Government of Italy grants UNFPA Somalia three million Euros for the reduction of maternal mortality in Somalia

Mogadishu, 11 December 2017 – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Italian Republic, via the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, is making a contribution of 3... Read more

2 November 2017
create a conducive environment for the provision of YFRHS

Stepping up youth-friendly reproductive health services

UNFPA Somalia is working with the Puntland Ministry of Health to create a conducive environment for the provision of youth-friendly reproductive health services to the many young people that need... Read more

20 October 2017

Women’s health and rights: part of the solution to economic inequality

By Nikolai Botev* Our world is increasingly unequal. While the economic gap between countries is generally narrowing, the gap is growing within many developing countries, threatening to destabilize... Read more

3 October 2017

Girls’ basketball against FGM

Female basketball players in the Puntland State of Somalia are raising their voices in support of the campaign towards total abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).  Basketball for females is... Read more

19 September 2017
Lab technicians demonstrate on DNA testing

New forensic centre gives hope for justice against sexual offenses

Officer Kis Shamis Kabdi Bile, 32, is the only female police officer in charge of all internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Nugaal Region, Puntland. She is also the Deputy Director of Community... Read more

30 August 2017

Naciima - far too young

Naciima is a 17 year old girl from Somalia. Unlike most 17 year olds who are enjoying life as teenagers, Naciima has already experienced adulthood; she is a mother of four and although her youngest... Read more