UK commits £15 million to support Somali women and girls

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UK COMMITS £15 MILLION TO SUPPORT SOMALI WOMEN AND GIRLS
UK COMMITS £15 MILLION TO SUPPORT SOMALI WOMEN AND GIRLS
  • UK funding to Gaashaan project will support survivors of sexual and gender-based violence in Somalia.
  • £15 million of funding announced during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence will empower communities and tackle child protection concerns.

To mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence, the British Embassy Mogadishu last week announced the launch of Gaashaan, a £15 million project to help support survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.

The Gaashaan project (which in Somali means “shield”), will reach over 117,000 people, offering improved access to specialised protection services for communities in Somalia impacted by El Nino. It will also work to empower communities, working with them to prevent sexual and gender-based violence and other forms of violence impacting women and children. The project will also help tackle child protection concerns, all of which are compounded and increased by conflict and climate change occurrences.

Speaking at the time of the launch, Development Director, British Embassy Mogadishu, Damon Bristow, said:

“This is another important milestone to address gender based violence and the harm it causes. It also shows UK’s continued commitment to support Somali women and girls so they can reach their full potential.’’

In the first six months, the project will respond to the impacts of El Nino, aiming to reach about 5,000 women and children directly impacted by severe flooding in Somalia.

The project will run for five years and will be delivered by a consortium of six partners led by Save the Children working alongside the International Rescue Committee, CARE International and four National NGOs:Save Somali Women and Children (SSWC), Somali Women and Development Centre (SWDC), Somali Women’s Studies Centre (SWSC) and Gargaar Relief and Development Organisation (GREDO).

Khadra Jama, Director, Gaashaan Consortium, said in a statement:

“Somali women and children face numerous challenges including a protracted security situation in the country coupled with the impact of climate change in Somalia. The United Kingdom’s support comes as Somalia needs it most, as millions of Somalis have been displaced due to flooding.

“We are grateful to the British Embassy for providing Somali women and children, along with other vulnerable groups, with much needed and timely support. 

“Women and children are the ones who suffer the most during humanitarian crises like El Niño and this assistance will give them immediate protection and support” 

Notes to Editors

  • You can follow UK activity in Somalia on Twitter/X and Facebook (@UKinSomalia) or at www.gov.uk/world/somalia/news
  • Further information on the UK-Somalia development partnership can be found here.
  • Through the Humanitarian and Resilience Building in Somalia (HARBS) emergency programme (Oct 2022 to March 2023) the UK delivered a £3 million project to enable UNFPA respond to the rising incidents of GBV amongst displaced populations in Dolow, Beletweyne, Baidoa, Kismayo and Kahda (Banadir). The support reached 34,000 women and girls with various interventions that include clinical management of rape, psychosocial support, emergency reproductive and family planning services.

For further enquiries, please contact:

Georgina Woodhouse-Hills, Head of Communications, British Embassy Mogadishu, +254 114 878 117, georgina.woodhouse-hills@fcdo.gov.uk

Said Isse, Media and Communications Advisor, Save the Children, +252907847640,: Said.isse@savethechildren.org 

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