Sunday, December 05, 2021
Wardheer News

In Somalia, a rare female artist promotes images of peace

By Hassan Barise  MOGADISHU, Somalia — Among the once-taboo professions emerging from Somalia’s decades of conflict and Islamic extremism is the world of arts, and a 21-year-old female painter has faced more opposition than most. A rare woman artist in the … Continued

Somalia: Sexual Violence On The Rise

Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab In August 2021, the U.N. Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, and the U.N. Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, warned about the alarming increase in sexual violence in Somalia and called upon all … Continued

How Somali women are breaking tradition to write novels

In our series of letters from African journalists, Ismail Einashe considers how Somalia’s story-telling tradition has changed since the civil war. I recently met the award-winning writer Ubah Cristina Ali Farah at a literary festival on the Italian island of … Continued

Activist Leads Anti-FGM Campaign in Somali Community in Kenya

Brenda Mulinya NAIROBI, KENYA — Female circumcision, known as female genital mutilation, is illegal in Kenya but is still being forced on young girls in some areas. Cases increased after schools closed due to the pandemic, but one survivor is fighting … Continued

UN banks on media to help end FGM in Somalia

By Aggrey Mutambo Somalia’s may have last week struggled with its old political problems after President Mohamed Farmaajo bitterly differed with his Prime Minister Hussein Roble. But the country faces another continual problem: female genital mutilation (FGM). Data from the UN … Continued

Saudis embrace curly look in post-pandemic hair revolution

RUBA OBAID JEDDAH: The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic lockdowns have brought about many changes in daily health and beauty routines with many Saudis opting for a more natural look. And the enforced closure of hair salons in particular has resulted … Continued

Tokyo 2020: The hijabi referee making Olympic history

By Lebo Diseko Sara Gamal has a track record of achieving big things, and now the Egyptian civil engineer and basketball player-turned-referee is about to make Olympic history. She will be the first hijab-wearing Muslim woman to referee basketball at … Continued