This report contributes to the ongoing efforts of various actors in South Sudan to catalyze support for a broad and inclusive dialogue on sexual and gender based violence (SGBV). Drawing on both national and regional expertise, the report provides insights into many key aspects of SGBV as it arises in the South Sudanese context. If efforts to generate a more effective response to SGBV are to be successful, they must be informed by evidence-based strategies and coordinated action by individuals and organizations working on these issues.
LAW's Executive Director Antonia Mulvey has praised the Somaliland House of Elders, the autonomous region's Upper House of Parliament, on their passage of the sexual offences bill, which will criminalise rape in Somaliland for the first time. "This new law represents an essential step in providing justice for victims of sexual violence in Somaliland." The bill was passed by the lower house in January this year, and now awaits assent before taking effect.
This is the first comprehensive report about legal aid services for survivors of gender based violence (GBV) in Somalia. The report identifies who is doing what, where and how. It provides an overview of the legal frameworks in place, key successes that can be replicated and recommendations on how immense challenges can be overcome.