Despite Decline, Female Genital Mutilation Is Still a Horrific Reality

Though the horrific practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) is seeing a global decline, a new report by the United Nations Children's Fund has found that it is "almost universal" in certain countries, with 98 percent of girls and women from ages 15-49 having undergone the torturous "tradition" in Somalia. As many… » 7/23/13 1:50pm 7/23/13 1:50pm

Woman Jailed in Somali ‘False Rape’ Case Cleared of All Bullshit Charges

A Somali woman who'd been sentenced to one year in prison for "offending state institutions" by alleging she was raped by security forces has been cleared of all charges by a Somali court. A journalist who interviewed her about the alleged rape (who'd also been convicted of offending those apparently touchy state… » 3/03/13 2:30pm 3/03/13 2:30pm

Sexual Violence Against Women Soars In Somalia

Somalia has been devastated by conflict for decades, and now the country is dealing with famine as well. These factors have made living in what was already one of the most dangerous areas on the planet even harsher for women. Recently there's been an increase in various forms of sexual abuse against women, ranging… » 12/28/11 10:00am 12/28/11 10:00am

Sanitary Pads Are A Real Life-Saver For Girls In Somalia


The news out of Somalia is so often bad, which makes it extra nice to hear the heartwarming story of how a project there is using sanitary pads to change lives. In an area of Somalia where there are many settlements for internally displaced people, a wonderful-sounding program has found a way to provide girls with… » 11/06/11 1:05pm 11/06/11 1:05pm