Bi-annual discussions with youth groups round GBV and women’s rights

Outcome 3: Improved access to justice leading to enhanced security for women in Somaliland.

So as to address women’s rights issues, SCDO conduct six monthly debates between the Regional youth Groups and the Women Coalitions. At the debates, young men and women discuss the women’s social, economic, political, and legal rights and how to reduce or eliminate the violence against women in Sanaag region.

One day discussion on ‘Gender Based Violence’ has been held for fifty (50) young men and women in Erigavo main public hall. With the purpose of reducing the GBV cases, this debate engages on the types of GBV that mostly occur in this region; its causes; and how to determine them.

The participants have been selected from the Youth Groups in Sanaag Region, and from the Women Coalitions with the basis of gender-equity mainstreaming.

Hence, the debate led the youth to engage into lobbying and advocating for the realization of women’s rights, mainly political and legal rights.

Work with traditional and religious leaders to promote the use of the formal legal system and implementation of the Elders’ Declaration


SCDO holds 6 monthly meetings with the traditional elders and religious leaders in order to discuss about the women’s rights in terms of Islamic Sharia; women’s role in the household and the community; the 2006 Elders’ declaration and the extent to which it is being implemented; and the importance of using the formal legal system to prosecute cases of GBV.

SCDO held two days’ consultative meeting for thirty (30) persons of whom 70% (21) have been traditional elders, and 30 % (9) religious leaders from 31st October to 1st November 2015 in Medisho hall, Erigavo.

Under outcome 3 (Improved Access to Justice Leading to Enhanced Security for Women in Somaliland), there are many activities designed and planned to realize the indicators for achieving this outcome. Among these activities include: “Work with Traditional and Religious Leaders to Promote the Use of the Formal Legal System and Implementation of the Elder’s Declaration”.

With the purpose of encouraging the elders and the religious leaders to use the formal legal system rather than the informal system, the issues discussed in this workshop include: Women’s rights in terms of the holy Koran; Women’s role in household and the community; the 2006 Elder’s Declaration and the extent to which it is being implemented; and importance of the formal legal system to prosecute GBV cases.