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  • Girl's supported by SIHA in their education through SIHA's scholarship initiative  New Vision Uganda, a local daily newspaper reported in 2013 that 30% of Ugandan girls drop out of school due to their menstrual cycle. Some Ugandan girls reported that they feel discomfort during their cycle; others...
  • Martin Plaut, School of Advanced Study   Relations between the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula go back centuries, with trade playing a key component in binding their people together. Religion has also played a part. The expansion of Wahhabism – the interpretation of Islam propagated by...
  • The Somali Religious Council (SRC) issued a statement on Thursday, as preparations for the national women’s basketball tournament were under way in Garowe, the capital of Puntland. “We warn that the women basketball violates the Islamic law, culture and its values, and it is a place where women can...
  • On Tuesday, November 15th it was reported that 13 year old girl who left the Wau United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Protection of Civilian (PoC) site with her mother in search of firewood was later found raped and dead right outside of the UNMISS base. It is apparent that this is just...
  • This newly released SIHA publication was developed primarily as a guide for social activists involved in challenging gender inequality in the Horn of Africa. This 36-paged guide, promotes connecting with men as an essential approach towards addressing violence against women and emphasizes the...
  • Surrounding the National Dialogue, street vendors have been denied their right to work in several key locations around Khartoum, including parts of Nile Street and Airport Street. Close to 1,000 women tea sellers, many of whom are their families’ primary breadwinners, are facing weeks without work...
  • On Monday 12th July, Akhair Lhaza a Khartoum based newspaper published  an interview with Ahmed Abu Shanab, Commissioner of Khartoum/Mothamad, who was stating that " after 15 days from now  street vendors across Khartoum will be banned  from working  in public areas in Khartoum." The street vendors...
  • The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA Network) is looking for an Editing Coordinator for the Women in Islam Journal Working Hours: Part time; 25 hours a week Starting Date: Immediately- 3 months with possibility for extension Location: Kampala Background: The SIHA Women in...
  •  Somalia - Gendered KillingsSIHA Briefing on the latest wave of targeted killings of women Targeting civilians, both men and women is not a new issue in Somalia.  Thus a growing trend of gendered killings is spreading across Somalia. The militant armed militia Al Shabaab and previous waves of...
  • SIHA decries the killing of the Somali journalist Sagal Osman, who was working for state-run radio called “Radio Mogadishu”. Sagal Osman was a university student of Computer Science at Plasma University. She was killed few minutes after she went for a meeting preparing for her final examination at...
  • On 30th May 2016, the legal defense team behind the Constitutional Appeal in the case of Mariam Yahya, was ordered by the Constitutional Court, to pay court fees for the on 23rd December 2015 submitted appeal.   This payment order, gives reason to believe that the Constitutional Court acknowledges...
  • The launch of the National Action Plan for South Sudan on May 10th, 2016 speaks to the suffering of majority of women in South Sudan who have undergone unprecedented levels of violence since the upsurge of the latest civil conflict in December 2013. As such, it is “a mile stone for the Republic of...
  • On December 3rd Hindia Haji Mohamed a mother of 5 children, who worked as journalist for a state-run radio station and TV channel in Mogadishu has lost her life, after bomb which was planted underneath the seat of her car, exploded. Hindia was the widow of a former journalist who also died in...
  • SIHA has submitted on 23/12/2015, in line with the Constitutional Court Act from 2005, an appeal to the Constitutional Court in Sudan in the case of Abrar Alhadi (aka Mariam Yahya). The appeal was drafted based on consultations carried out by SIHA and Mariam Yahya’s legal defense team, as well as a...
  • KAMPALA, 4th-10th April: The surge of political and militant interpretations of Islam in the Eastern and Horn of Africa has had major implications on the lives of populations and communities across the region. Muslims in the Horn and Eastern Africa are caught between being victims of the...
  • STRATEGIC INITIATIVE FOR WOMEN IN THE HORN OF AFRICA (SIHA)- CALL FOR SUBMISSION OF ARTICLES  The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) is a coalition of civil society organizations from Sudan, South Sudan, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Somaliland and Uganda. Founded...
  • At least 30 people were killed in twin bomb attacks claimed by Al-Shabaab at a busy traffic junction and a nearby restaurant in Baidoa, a city in the south-central Bay region of Somalia. On 28.02.2016 at 5:30 pm two heavy explosives have struck the town. One was a car bomb detonation at a busy...
  • The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) expresses its deep sadness over the loss of Fatima Al -Mernissi with her passing on December 1st, 2015.  SIHA would like pay tribute to Fatima, who pioneered research and publications in the field of Islamic feminism, incorporating...
  • On the 14th of October, the Public Order Police (POP) carried out a sweep in Umm Dawm, an area in Eastern Nile in Khartoum state, leading to the death of five civilians - three women, an infant and a young man - as well as the arrest of dozens and the spread of fear in an entire community. Umm...
  • The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) and the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) delivered the following statement during the official agenda item “NGO statements on the human rights situation in Africa” during the 57th session of the African Commission...

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