MOGADISHU, (Xinhua) --
The UN on Sunday called on all Somalis to
take concrete steps to help bring an end to gender-based
violence as annual 16-day campaign of activism against
such violence was launched in the country.
Clercq, UN secretary-general’s deputy special
representative for Somalia, said the Horn of Africa
nation has made considerable strides to prevent and
criminalize sexual offences and gender-based violence.
federal level, the Council of Ministers passed the
Sexual Offices Bill in May this year, a positive step in
addressing sexual violence and strengthening the
provision of support to survivors,” de Clercq said in a
statement issued in Mogadishu.
said Somalia’s progress has included improvements in
legal protection for women and girls in the federal
member state of Puntland through the enactment of sexual
offences legislation in November 2016.
Offences Bill that was approved by federal cabinet
ministers earlier this year awaits endorsement by the
federal parliament, he said.
official however said abuses such as sexual and
gender-based violence remain a pervasive feature of
armed conflict and violence in Somalia.
call on the Federal Government of Somalia, the Federal
Member States and all other national and international
actors to play a vital role in creating awareness,
providing legal and medical aid, and facilitating access
to services for those who are the most vulnerable,” de
the UN, available evidence suggests that physical
assault continues to be the most commonly reported type
of gender-based violence in the country, followed by
sexual assault and rape.
categories account for 64 percent and nine percent of
all such reported incidents, respectively, said the UN.
The “16 Days
of Activism against Gender-Based Violence” is a global
campaign which takes place every year and aims to raise
awareness on the need to end violence against women and
runs from Nov. 25, which is the International Day for
the Elimination of Violence against Women, to Dec. 10,
when International Human Rights Day is observed.