Somali women dating
"Mentally, I can see him," Hawo said, recalling the late-night March assault in Dusta, a camp in the southwestern city of Baidoa for Somalis displaced by drought and hunger.She described him as “thin but strong,” wearing a new uniform and boots.Up to 300 more women are scheduled for training in Dhusamareb, Abudwak, and Adado.A participant noted that “through SWSC’s leadership training, we learned a number of useful skills including how to do advocacy, influencing policies, public speaking and resource mobilisation.The culture of Somalia is an amalgamation of traditions in that were developed independently and through interaction with neighboring and far away civilizations, including other parts of Africa, Northeast Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, India, and Southeast Asia.The cultural diffusion of Somali commercial enterprise can be detected in its exotic cuisine, which contains Southeast Asian influences.When their potential suitors came to fetch them, they would politely greet family members with the customary “Galab wanaagsan” (good afternoon) or “Habeen wanaagsan” (good evening).Just before they left for their dates, my aunts would burn some of my grandmother’s homemade unsi (incense) and apply it under their clothes for a long-lasting patchouli-mixed-with-vanilla-like sweet scent. I would sit in the room with them and hope for some of that perfume to get onto my clothes and hair.
Stories of women being subject to sexual violence in displacement camps are becoming all the more common.
Shukria Dini, the Executive Director of Somali Women Studies Center (SWSC) argues that “empowering Somali women is a high priority for Somalia and is vital to any efforts intended to build peace, security and sustainable development in Somalia.” Dini asserts that investing in Somali women is not only a collective responsibility, it is simply the smart thing to do.
All of these will have an important role in enabling Somali women to contribute to the rebuilding of their nation.
Imagine if women in Somalia took up key roles in leadership and nation building. SWSC was created in 2011 to serve Somali women through research, advocacy and capacity-building.
Imagine a world where they make global headlines for their contribution to Somalia’s peace and prosperity. SWSC later partnered with the Stability Fund to work on women’s empowerment.
By the start of March, Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire announced that 110 people had died as a result of hunger and diarrhoea.