Welcome to the final project report from Health Poverty Action's ‘Tackling Gender Based Violence’ project. Somalia is the 6th poorest country in the world according to the UNDP’s Multidimensional Poverty Index, with 64% of its population living in severe poverty. It has been coping with civil war since 1991 when the government collapsed and much of the country’s infrastructure, including health services, fell apart. Life expectancy is 51 years; one in every 14 women who goes into labour dies; 33% of children are malnourished; and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is almost universal.
This lack of support means thats women of sexual and gender based violence often have nowhere to turn, however your support has enabled Health Poverty Action, alongside our local partner, to establish and run the first women's shelter in the country.
The shelter is providing accommodation, healthcare, counselling and legal services to survivors of abuse, and we expect to directly impact 187,250 women and girls who will benefit from prevention and support.
Not only does the shelter provide a safe space, but your support has helped to ensure lasting, systemic change by enabling Heath Poverty Action to:
Work alongside judges, lawyers and the police force to ensure that perpetrators of SGBV are brought to justice.
Provide survivors with business and skills training, as well as seed money to help them start their own businesses and help them to get back on their feet.
Train our partners to help them improve the effectiveness of the services and enable them to raise their own funds.
Facilitate community conversations with men and youth clubs to inspire change from within, and to allow male victims of abuse to understand their rights and seek help.
Produce regular ‘edutainment’ radio shows using drama, comedy, interviews, and call-in quizzes and competitions to engage people with women’s rights and health issues.
Thank you for your support in achieving lasting change. Sabrina and the team and Health Poverty Action
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