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Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is calling on all parties to the conflict in Mogadishu, Somali to take all measures to minimize civilian casualties and to respect the protected status of medical facilities.
Like so many in the Horn of Africa, Nadifa needed food. The twice-widowed mother of four left her children at their makeshift hut in an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp outside Mogadishu to seek dry food aid in a neighbouring camp.
For over two decades now, the tiny nation Somalia, in the Horn of Africa, has endured protracted militarized violence and statelessness.
Somalia has charged a woman who said she was raped by government troops, accusing her of making a false accusation and insulting a government body, according to Human Rights Watch.
Women directly affected by the 12 year long armed conflict have drawn the attention of the Government towards ensuring access of women in all sectors from the policy making to the implementation level and building a non-discriminatory social structure and just society. They also pointed out the need to address gender inequality, imbalance of power and lack of opportunities for the conflict affected women.
Gender-based violence, sexually transmitted infections including HIV, and maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity all flourish in times of conflict, says a review, suggesting clinicians need to be sensitive and aware of the unique challenges of women's reproductive health needs in such times, says IANS.
Relaxing in the beige-toned lobby of the Empire Hotel in Manhattan, a world away from her native Somalia, Dr. Deqo Mohamed is talking calmly about how she helped save thousands of people from getting bombed by terrorists.
The supposed sanctuary of Kenyan refugee camps can't protect Somali women from the horrors of a growing rape epidemic.
On July 22, 2011 the newly appointed Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, a Harvard-trained professor of economics, announced his 49-member cabinet. There are only two women in it: one minister and one vice minister. Yet, Somali women and children are the primary victims of ongoing conflict and deepening drought and famine in Somalia.
Somalia has been plagued by decades of woes - persistent conflict, waves of natural disasters and drought. While these crises make headlines, the country's embattled people - a quarter of whom have been uprooted - also face personal tragedies that are no less devastating.
Somalia has recently selected its parliament on Somali soil for the first time since the civil war of the late 1980s. This is a significant achievement since regional power brokers such as Ethiopia and Kenya, with the financial and logistical backing of the European Union, the United States and the United Nations, concocted Somali governments in neighbouring countries.
“Considering Gender in Conflict Affected Populations: The Republic of Georgia” as presented by Professor Edgren Schori to Adelphi University on Thursday, November 11th, 2010, at 3pm in Adelphi's Alumni House, 154 Cambridge Avenue, Garden City, NY and sponsored by the International Initiatives Committee (IIC).
“Women Have Been The Most Affected By Conflict”
This indicates that even the home is not a safe place for women. Social relations of power place women in a subordinate position, giving many women few rights in the family, community and society in general.
Sam Cook & Felicity Hill
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