[16DaysAgainstGBV] Virtual Roundtable - Working together to Advance Gender Equality and Address GBV in Somalia


World Bank Somalia Country Team and the Somalia Women Empowerment Platform and World Bank Somalia cordially invite you to a high-level discussion on working together to Advance Gender Equality and Address Gender-based violence (GBV) in Somalia. Gender-based violence (GBV) presents a critical barrier to Somalia’s development and economic growth, and to  the health and well-being of its population. GBV is widespread across Somalia, with displaced women and girls among the most vulnerable to varying forms of violence. Harmful practices persist with 99 percent of women having undergone some form of female genital mutilation (FGM), while 36 percent of women is married by the time, they turn 18. The 2022 Somalia Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for GBV Area of Responsibility (AoR) estimates that 2.3 million people require GBV response services across the country (UNFPA,2022).  Recurrent and complex humanitarian crises exacerbate already high rates of GBV. Between January to May 2022, incidence of reported rape increased 10 percent in communities affected by the current drought, while reported rates of intimate partner violence increased by 17 percent in drought-affected communities. The COVID-19 pandemic also had a dramatic impact on rates of GBV and FGM; nearly 70 percent GBV services providers reported an increase in GBV cases and FGM due to Covid, extending from mobility restrictions, school closures, lost income and other factors. Many GBV services were also closed during the pandemic, making it more challenging for survivors to seek care.   While various initiatives exist to address policy, advocacy and programming priorities significant gaps remain. There is a need to advance a multi-stakeholder approach - with government and non-governmental partners alike - to support effective and sustainable policies and programming to prevent and respond to the GBV crisis.    Join this high-level discussion with government and civil society partners to discuss the extent of the challenge in Somalia and its socio-economic impact, as well as policy and programmatic priorities and how we can work together to ensure a safer future for women and girls in Somalia. Participants include experts from government, civil society and development partners.  Opening Remarks: Kristina Svensson, World Bank Somalia County Manager Moderator: Amina Abdi, Journalist and Independent Media Consultant Panelists: Sadia Mohamed, Director of Gender, Ministry of Women & Human Rights Development of the Federal Republic of Somalia (MWHRD) Zakia Hussen, Brigadier General, Deputy Police Commissioner of the Somali Police Force Halimo Elmi Weheliye, Regional Focal point, Somalia NGO Consortium

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