AMISOM conducts online human rights protection training for women in Southwest State

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The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has
completed an online human rights, gender and protection training for Somali women and girls
from Southwest State to equip them with knowledge to promote human rights and address
violations against women and children. 
 
The one-day online training took place on Tuesday and attracted 18 participants mainly from
Baidoa and was organized by the AMISOM Protection, Human Rights and Gender (PHRG) unit in
collaboration with the Somali Youth Volunteers Association (SYVA). As a result of COVID-19
pandemic, AMISOM has of late embraced technology by using such online trainings to impart
knowledge and address societal challenges affecting women and children in Somalia.
 
While addressing participants, some of who are engaged in advocacy and other initiatives to
promote and protect human rights in the country, the Special Representative of the
Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia Ambassador Francisco
Madeira reiterated AMISOM’s commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights in
Somalia.     
 “While Somalia has made significant progress in promoting and protecting human rights,
especially through the ratification and domestication of some relevant African Union and
United Nations frameworks, we cannot ignore the fact that human rights violations are still
common. This is a problem we must seek to address at various levels,” Ambassador Madeira
said.
He called upon the participants to take advantage of the deliberations and knowledge from the
highly-skilled facilitators from the PHRG unit, and urged them to come up with targeted
strategies and recommendations on how to improve the promotion and protection of human
rights in Somalia.  
 
“We remain committed to the promotion and protection of human rights in Somalia, which is in
line with our mandate. However, an important part of this process is the role that you play as
civil society organizations and dynamic young people in Somalia,” Ambassador Madeira added.
 
Some of the topics the participants covered included; Introduction to Human Rights,
Introduction to Children’s Rights, Human Rights and Islam, Introduction to Women’s Rights and
Gender, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, Conflict-Related Sexual Violence, Child Protection.
Participant Jamila Haji from Baidoa thanked AMISOM for the training opportunity and promised
to share what they learned with other women and girls in Southwest State in order to improve
human rights and address any violations.

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