Somaliland Achieves Milestone with Bill to Criminalize Sexual Assault

by Admin on January 19, 2018

The drought in the Horn of Africa in 2017 left tens of thousands of Somaliland women and young mothers displaced and vulnerable to sexual assault. The lower house of parliament has now passed a bill outlawing rape, gang rape, sexual assault and the transferring of HIV from rape.

Somaliland representative, Ayan Mahamoud has voiced the significance of the implementation of the new law as there needs to be more done to help survivors. The more protection and medication they receive the more they are willing to come out and seek justice. She explains that it is imperative that survivors can “rely on the system”.

It is unclear how the nation will receive funds to train police and the judiciary, in order to implement the new policy. Even though this is a milestone for gender-based attacks in Somaliland, the legislation does not cover domestic violence and female genital mutilation.

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Image: UNSOM Somalia 

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