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US$5 million funding from Japan helps UNICEF reach 5,000 women affected by GBV in 2016

UNICEF Somalia/Sebastian Rich
© UNICEF Somalia/Sebastian Rich
Sahra at the safe house run by UNICEF partner SEDHURO in Kismayo. She is now living in Mogadishu with her family and waiting for the perpetrator who raped her daughter to go on trial.

30 May 2017 - Vocational training classes are in full swing at the Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre in Mogadishu. Many of the participants are victims of violence – violence that inflicted on them simply because they are women. “My sister and I fought each other because she refused to let me go to school,” says one young woman who is being supported by the centre. “And for that reason, I was burned.”

Some 500 kilometres away, in coastal town Kismayo, Sahara mourns the loss of her 9-year-old daughter. Her little girl was raped by a 57-year-old man and died 20 days later. Another UNICEF partner SEDHURO stepped in, assisting the distraught mother and her children with protection, counselling and legal services.

UNICEF Somalia/Sebastian Rich
© UNICEF Somalia/Sebastian Rich
Sewing class for vulnerable women, including victims of gender-based violence, at the Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre in Mogadishu.

With a US$5 million funding from the Government of Japan, UNICEF, together with a network of partners, supported nearly 5,000 women affected by gender-based violence and 1,500 unaccompanied and separated children, in 2016. Because of such important work, the young woman burnt by her sister, and Sahra, the mother who lost her young daughter from rape, were able to recover and move on with their lives. 

 

 
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