Zahra Ugaas Farah says her mission in life is to champion women’s rights in Somalia to promote peace. When war broke out in the early 1990s, Zahra says she could not watch the unfolding chaos and bloodshed without taking action.
In 1979, newly recruited policewoman, Asha Hassan Hussein, was the first female to ride a police motorcycle to patrol the streets of Mogadishu. Three decades later in a nation devastated by conflict, now a Captain, Asha specialises in tackling violence against women as head of the Somali Police Force’s (SPF) Gender Based Violence Department.
At the age of 15 Halima Ismail Ibrahim was already advocating for women’s rights at her high school in Afgoye, 30 km from Mogadishu. With or without a functioning state, as a passionate and committed human rights activist and recently appointed the Co-Chair of the Technical Selection Committee (TSC), Halima has been working for the poor, human rights and with youth for decades.
The election of Hassan Sheikh Mohamud by Somalia’s Transitional Parliament earlier this week was an unexpected success for the hugely discredited political process in Somalia. It could prove to be a turning point in the country’s recovery.
An index showing the relative levels of perceived corruption in over 150 countries has been released today. The index shows that people in the UK believe that corruption in the country is getting worse.
Today marks World Mental Health Day, a day designed to raise public attention about mental health issues whilst also encouraging open and honest discussion about the topic.
For decades Africa has been the problem continent, and the Horn it’s struggling epicentre. Ravaged by leaders unanimously opting for autocratic rule, looted and fractured by base sectarian warfare and economically stifled by unyielding climate change and abusive agriculture mechanisation; Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea have monopolised global tragedy for as long as the world has been watching.
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