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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).
Jan. 6, 2022, 3:34 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: IM-DATA-1

"As of 2019, the infant mortality rate in Somalia was at about 74 deaths per 1,000 live births" (1).
Jan. 6, 2022, 3:18 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"Do practices undermine enforcement of laws against murder? Yes, 'the release of a Somali man on death row for the rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl after he paid 75 camels undermines a landmark law to curb gender violence...' However, the two other men were executed under the 2016 sexual offense law" (1).
Jan. 6, 2022, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Maryam, a 37 year old single mother who was ganged raped in late 2012 in Mogadishu, told us that she regretted going to the police almost as soon as she got to the police station. The male officers abruptly ended the investigation when she started bleeding all over the floor. They told her to go home and wash off the blood. But before they let her go they told her to wash the floor where she bled out. They gave her a brush to clean the floor" (para 1-3).
Jan. 6, 2022, 3 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-4

"Saynab Abdikarin first woman to drive a rickshaw taxi in the streets of Somalia, commonly known as 'Bajaaj.' This industry is seen more for men than women" (1).
Jan. 6, 2022, 2:46 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: LRCM-PRACTICE-1

"While the sexual offenses law was passed in Puntland, 'the cases of rape have appear to spike.' Clearly showing no enforcement. According to Mohamed, 'the lesson from the sad story of Puntland’s Sexual Offenses Act is that while formal laws can be vital in influencing attitudes, attitudes and behavior also influence how a law is enforced.' The passage of the law was a great start. But what the past year has made clear is that we also need to start changing attitudes in Puntland and the region more broadly, or else these much celebrated legal advances for women will be rendered meaningless" (para 3, 14).
Jan. 6, 2022, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: ATC-DATA-6

"Somalia does have a Women Peace and Security Agenda known as the Somali Women's Charter. However, implementation of this agenda has been diffuclt. The Somali WPS Agenda was introduced in July of 2020" (1).
Jan. 6, 2022, 2:28 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"The results of the Somali Health and Demographic Survey (SHDS) suggest that the most common perpetrators of physical violence against women are husbands. The SHDS further highlights that the vast majority of women do not seek any help when they experience emotional, sexual, or physical violence - even though many of them sustain injuries as a result" (20).
Jan. 6, 2022, 2:19 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: VOTE-LAW-1

"'Polling stations have opened in the self-proclaimed republic of Somaliland as voters go to the polls to elect their parliamentary and local representatives.' Among those voting today is a 17-year-old female first time voter Amira Ahmed. 'This will be the first time I get to participate in Somaliland national elections'" (1).
Jan. 6, 2022, 2:06 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: CLCC-LAW-1

"Allows for dual citizenship in Article 6 for both male and female" (1).
Jan. 6, 2022, 2:06 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: CLCC-LAW-2

"Article 7 specifically protects the rights of children, including children who have been found abandoned, adopted children and children of people who have acquired citizenship by grant, each of whom will have a right to Somali citizenship in certain circumstances" (1).
Jan. 6, 2022, 1:57 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-2

"Women are draftable. They are drafted the same way as men (i.e. health, high school degree, etc). However, for 'the physical fitness the procedures are not the same as men'" (1).