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Help refugee women to fight sexual and gender based violence in Somalia

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Horn of Africa Development Link -HORNLINK

Who are you trying to help? What issue are you trying to address?

Sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) is a major social and public health problem throughout Somalia and especially in the refugee camps. SGBV refers to all forms of violence that happen to women and men because of the unequal power relations between them. SGBV is in most cases directed at women because women have less power and status in most parts of Somalia due to the prevalence and history of patriarchal societies.

One of the main obstacles to both preventing and punishing SGBV is the high degree of stigmatisation of the victims, who then become reluctant to raise the issue with the authorities or even with their families out of fear for repercussions due to the stigmatization. In Somalia, domestic violence is a major but hidden problem, which receives insufficient attention from all stakeholders.

What is your project and how will it help?

Hornlink Refugee Women’s Project aims to empower Somali women in Dadaab Refugee camps to participate in local decision-making processes in order to make them informed and enhance their skills. The project will focus on training women to add their voice to local peace and conflict resolution talks, in the establishment and delivery of local services (particularly in health and justice services), and in local policy and decision-making processes.

The project also aims to raise awareness of local relevant leaders and decision-makers of women’s participation in developing effective policies and services at all levels. Hornlink will run leadership training to give refugee women the necessary skills and confidence to effectively represent various women’s issues and to engage in the full-range of policy debates that take place in various levels of the government, including local peace and reconciliation initiatives, establishment of public services, policy-making, shaping existing services and policies, and representation of women’s issues.

The training will focus on the following skills: negotiation, representation, consultation, conflict resolution, communication, and campaigning. The training will target women who are community leaders, politicians, faith group leaders, professionals, civil servants and other women with leadership aspirations. Ninety women will receive the above-mentioned training. Among those trained, thirty will receive additional train-the-trainer training so that they will be able to train other women in the focus skills.

The training will continue for two month while an additional one month of training will be offered to those receiving the train-the-trainers –ToT courses.
In addition, the project will organize a three-day seminar for local leaders and policy-makers to increase awareness of women’s issues and encourage women’s participation in local governance. The outcome of Hornlink’s project will be increasing women’s participation and influence in front line decision-making processes, policy making, service delivery, development, planning, and conflict resolution initiatives in Somalia.

How can other people partner with you on your project?

Hornlink is seeking for partners to finance the project.

Please detail the resources that you need.

Grand total in USD: 180,400

Please find the attached document for more detailed budget plan.

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Partnership types

Project funding

Regions / countries / territories

Africa: Somalia

Global issues

Gender issues; Human rights; Refugees and internally displaced persons


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