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June 3, 2022, 4:56 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: INFIB-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Due to this, there has been an increase in women societal problems such as FGM, child marriages, sexual assault or rape cases, and so on" (27).
June 3, 2022, 4:56 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: GP-DATA-1

"MP Sadia Yasin Samatar makes history as the first woman to hold a seat in parliament as a Deputy Speaker by election" (Para. 1). "In 2012, the first deputy prime minister was a woman, Fawzia Yusuf Haji Adam. She was, however, appointed by the President, not elected" (Para. 2). "MP Sadia Yasin Samatar is also running for Presidency and is the only female out of 39 nominees" (Para. 22).
June 3, 2022, 4:56 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: LBHO-PRACTICE-1

"In 2016, I worked for the office of the President. I worked with the Goodwill Ambassadors who consisted of both men and women. They were responsible for filling the 30% quota for female participation in politics. I also worked with the Election Dispute Committee, and their focus was on the Gender Based Violence of women during political elections" (Para. 8). "Potential female politicians who ran for office were horribly harassed in public spaces and online. I worked to put mechanisms in place by appointing female officers alongside male officers near election sites for better protection, and hotlines for women to call if they face any violence. Moreover, I put together...more
June 3, 2022, 4:56 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: LBHO-PRACTICE-2

"In Somalia, the majority of men believe that women can do anything and everything, but they do not believe that women should have a political seat. She can be the leader of the house, she can go to school, and she can get a job. She can do whatever she wants, but when it comes to politics, most men think it is a man’s area. It is a religious and cultural issue that needs to be taking head on. It is not my fight, but the fight of the people on the ground" (Para. 11).
June 3, 2022, 4:56 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: NGOFW-PRACTICE-1

"The same people and INGOs I worked with are still there, but the leadership had changed. Due to the new administration in place, there was no urgency to make the measures stronger" (16).
June 3, 2022, 4:56 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-3

"Potential female politicians who ran for office were horribly harassed in public spaces and online. I worked to put mechanisms in place by appointing female officers alongside male officers near election sites for better protection, and hotlines for women to call if they face any violence. Moreover, I put together a women situation room whose sole purpose was to get reports on what is going on and in what region concerning women in politics" (Para. 9). "For me, the system was better at that time because the President, the Prime Minister, and the Speaker gave me and my team the freedom to do whatever we wanted. They were women champions"...more
June 3, 2022, 4:56 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: LBHO-LAW-2

"In 2016, I worked for the office of the President. I worked with the Goodwill Ambassadors who consisted of both men and women. They were responsible for filling the 30% quota for female participation in politics. I also worked with the Election Dispute Committee, and their focus was on the Gender Based Violence of women during political elections" (Para. 8). "...They declared that women should have a minimum of 30% quota, but there has been no enforcement" (Para. 15). "In Somalia, the 30% quota system for women involvement in politics is very faulty. In order to fill the political seats established just for women at both federal and state levels,...more
June 3, 2022, 4:56 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: LBHO-PRACTICE-3

"Potential female politicians who ran for office were horribly harassed in public spaces and online. I worked to put mechanisms in place by appointing female officers alongside male officers near election sites for better protection, and hotlines for women to call if they face any violence. Moreover, I put together a women situation room whose sole purpose was to get reports on what is going on and in what region concerning women in politics" (Para. 9). "The society seems to be pleased with the results. A number of women were very happy that she succeeded in gaining an elected position. This news is a step forward for women, but also...more
June 3, 2022, 4:56 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, AOM-LAW-1

"Examples of the detrimental effect this quota causes led the sexual offense bill and child marriage bill not being passed. These women were told that these bills were against Islam, and as a result, voted against it. Only Deputy Speaker Samatar and the two other educated women mentioned previously voted for it" (26).
June 3, 2022, 4:56 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"In 2012, women in parliament were 14%. They gained their position through a selection process, done by tribal elders. Out of the 275 members in parliament, 14% were women and were appointed by an elder" (Para. 3). "In 2016, women participation increased from 14% to 24%, but the new administration began to change the system by appointing delegates instead. No longer were tribal leaders allowed to appoint individuals into the parliament" (Para. 4). "The 51 delegates were comprised of both women and men from the same clan. They were now responsible for choosing members of the parliaments..." (Para. 5). "In 2021, the number of delegates increased from 51 to 101...more
Jan. 26, 2022, 5:25 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan, Burma/Myanmar, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Syria, Yemen
Variables: IIP-SCALE-1

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Jan. 7, 2022, 2:48 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: MARR-LAW-6

"'All people have the right to their personal and family privacy and to their good name, and the State must respect them and ensure that they are respected.' Therefore is unconstitutional in Colombia that there is a Law that regulate how much money one can invest in a marriage or the number of guests" (1).
Jan. 7, 2022, 2:18 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"In 2020, a counter bill was introduced to the Parliament that would allow force and child marriages. 'The Intercourse Bill' would permit child marriage, forced marriage, and contradict international conventions and the Somali constitution. The bill has not passed yet" (1).
Jan. 7, 2022, 2:02 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"In Somalia, Xeer, Traditional Legal System, is also practiced. Farhiya Ahmed Abdi, an officer of the Somali Police Force said that 'traditional elders prefer to resolve cases regarding the abuse of women outside the formal courts, where cases are adjudicated more quickly, and within the traditional justice system instead, where most male perpetrators go unpunished.' This bill would later be suspended shortly after being enacted' (1).
Jan. 7, 2022, 1:37 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"Somalia unfortunately is not attempting to curtail problematic practices for women, such as attempting to eradicate child marriages. Local NGOs, women activists, UNICEF, and partners have called for the passage of the Child Rights Bill. Cabinet has yet to approve the bill, which will then go to the Parliament for debate and adoption. 'When passed it will result in the most comprehensive child focused legislation in Somali history'" (7).
Jan. 7, 2022, 12:55 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Puntland Parliament on August 2016 passed a law criminalising all sexual offences in Puntland State of Somalia. The parliamentary session, which passed the Sexual Offense Bill into an officially endorsed law was attended by 45 Parliament members, out of which 42 were in favor of the law, two abstained and only one voted against" (1).
Jan. 7, 2022, 12:38 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"A women in her 20s was raped leaving Galcayo to Cadaado by a group of men. Local police is not cooperating with Attorney General of Galmudug State in order to bring charges. The local police refuses to cooperate with the AG" (1).
Jan. 7, 2022, 12:07 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: SMES-DATA-3

"In most Somali households, women are seen as the leaders. According to Suban: 'the percentage of female-headed households is higher than male headed households from what I have seen working and interacting with locals. In our culture Somali households are led by women'" (1).
Jan. 7, 2022, 12:07 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: SMES-DATA-2

"The economic situation of female-headed households is quite good. Females are selling vegetables, fruits, second hand clothes, khat (mira), and meat on the streets. Anything they can get their hands on to sell. So they are doing very well as single head of households and are being able to provide for their families and even extended families. These ladies do not have education, but have the wit as single mothers to head households" (1).
Jan. 7, 2022, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: CONST-LAW-1

"The Provisional Constitution states that both men and women are equal before the law. According to Article 11, Clause 1: 'All citizens, regardless of sex, religion, social or economic status, political opinion, clan, disability, occupation, birth or dialect shall have equal rights and duties before the law.' Article 11, Clause 3: 'The state must not discriminate against any person on the basis of age, race, color, tribe, ethnicity, culture, dialect, gender, birth, disability, religion, political opinion, occupation, or wealth" (1).
Jan. 7, 2022, 11:10 a.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Article 398, 1. 'Whoever with violence or threats has carnal intercourse with a person of the other sex, shall be punished with imprisonment [96 P.C.] for five to fifteen years.' Article 398, 2. 'The same punishment shall be imposed on anyone who has carnal intercourse with a person of the other sex who is incapable of giving consent or with a person who has been divided by the offender personating as another person.' Article 398, 3. 'The same punishment shall be imposed also on a public officer [240 a P.C.] who, by abusing his power, has carnal intercourse with a person of the sex who is under arrest or detained...more
Jan. 7, 2022, 11:10 a.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Art. 401.2. of the Somali 1962 Penal Code states: 'Whoever, with violence, threat, or deceit, abducts or detains for purposes of marriage an unmarried person, shall be punished with imprisonment [96 P.C.] from one to three years.' This 1962 Penal Code is referreed back to when the current Provisional Constitution is not clear" (1).
Jan. 7, 2022, 10:51 a.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"No, a woman who survived an attempted killing is not able to successfully press charges. 'While both sharia and customary law address the resolution of family disputes, women were not included in the decision-making process'" (31).
Jan. 7, 2022, 10:43 a.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: WAM-DATA-2

"Hawo Tako, a prominent Somali activist. There is a statue in her honor in front of the National Theatre. She is also pictured on the 100 shilling bill" (1).
Jan. 7, 2022, 10:22 a.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: LRCM-LAW-1

"According to Hafsa who was married off at 13. A woman does not have the right to divorce for being raped while married. Hafsa states: 'The man just slept with me, beating me always,' she said, sitting by her mother, who clutches her daughter tightly. 'I regretted I was born.' She was raped and beaten for two years before her parents convinced the man to divorce her" (1).
Jan. 7, 2022, 10:14 a.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: LRCM-DATA-2

"Incest is not prevalent in Somalia. 'As elsewhere in the world, relationships between children and parents, between siblings (irrespective of whether they are half-siblings on the father’s or mother’s side),between a man and his aunt on the father’s side, and aunt on the mother’s side and brother’s daughter and sister’s daughter (niece) are considered incestuous. The same applies to relationships between a woman and her uncle on her father’s side or mother’s side or son-in-law on either side (nephew).' However, cousin marriages do take place at times" (1).
Jan. 6, 2022, 4:10 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"Zahra Mohamed Ahmed, the legal advisor to the Somali Women Development Center states: 'There is no such thing as protection in Somalia.' Zahra, is referring to women here" (1).
Jan. 6, 2022, 4:10 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Unfotuntately laws against rape and sexual assault are not enforced to the full extent of the law. Former Director of the Heritage Institute for Policy Studies and the Former Minister of Planning and International Cooperation of Somalia states: 'The level of violence experienced by women in Somalia present an often insurmountable obstacle to participation in decision-making spaces, and as such constitute an ongoing violation of women's rights. Further exacerbating this structural exclusion is the lack of government and security sector capacity and accountability to address the protection of women'" (1).
Jan. 6, 2022, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: LRCM-LAW-3

"Islam follows Sharia Law, and according to the Quran it states: 'Do not marry former wives of your fathers -- except what was done previously. It was indeed a shameful, despicable, and evil practice. Also forbidden to you for marriage are your mothers, your daughters, your sisters, your paternal and maternal aunts, your brothers daughters, your sister's daughters, your foster-mothers, your foster-sisters, your mother in laws, your stepdaughters under your guardianship if you have consummated marriage with their mothers....' (Quran, 4:22-23). There are laws against incest (i.e Sharia Law)" (1)
Jan. 6, 2022, 3:46 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"According to the Provisional Constitution: 'No law which is not complaint with the general principles and objectives of shariah can be enacted.' (Article 2.3). Therefore Shariah law is enacted for punishment" (1).