Mogadishu (SD) – A report released by the United Nations Office in Somalia said that in 2019, there were 774 incidents of violence, of which 244 were rape cases.
Sexual violence is reported to be rising dramatically, according to the annual International Day for the Elimination of Gender and Violence.
According to the U.N. about 35% of women worldwide have experienced sexual violence. Hazards even exist at home. in April it was reported that about 243 million women had experienced sexual violence within 12 months.
Human Rights Watch says that rape and other forms of sexual violence are rarely reported and punished in Somalia, because women who are abused often find it shamed and exposed.
In February, the Puntland regional government became the first state to enforce a death penalty against convicted sex offenders and the killing of a 12-year-old girl in 2019.
James Swan, the U.N. Representative in Somalia, urged the country’s leaders and citizens to do more and listen to victims and survivors of sexual violence.
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