Understanding SGBV in Somalia: A Case Study of 3 Districts in Mogadishu PDF Print

CISP and International Alert presented and discussed the findings of their research - Understanding SGBV in Somalia: A case study of 3 districts in Mogadishu on March 30 2015. In attendance were over 30 representatives of organizations working in Somalia.

Fawzia Muse, the lead researcher presented the findings of the research called ‘Understanding sexual and gender-based violence in Somalia: the case of Mogadishu’.  She gave an overview of the research including the rationale used in the selection of respondent.

The research sought to make a comparison of the status of GBV before during and after the war and the reasons behind this.

To help the participants understand the cultural and legal environment that influences response to violence in the country. Starting with the present, she covered the ratification of international human rights conventions and declarations forming the legal frame work.

She gave an analysis of how human rights and customary law contribute to the perpetuation of GBV through the promotion of offers of compensation payment for wrong doing rather than punitive measures.

Judy Gardner, one of the panelists shared her learnings based on years of researching on gender based violence in all regions of Somalia.
The audience got a chance give their comments on the presentations. Some people critiqued the research approach and gave suggestions on the opportunities for improvement. Others sought clarifications on various aspects.

Questions led to fruitful discussions on how the organizations can use the findings of the research to improve their programming regarding the improvement of safety in Somalia.




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