A Cake-Cutting And Music Entertainment Were Celebrated With The Reopening Of The Renovated And Expanded Hawa Feminist Coalition’s Office Premises

Hawa Feminist Coalition held a cake-cutting and music entertainment event to celebrate the re-opening of its renovated and expanded office premises in Garowe, Puntland, Somalia. Hawa Feminist Coalition, the first feminist-led movement in Somalia and a non-governmental and non-profit feminist organization founded in 2018 by young women and girls all under the age of 35, has seen progressive growth in recent years, as have its offices and community.

The organization’s headquarters office premises have been going through a major renovation and expansion in the past 5 months, which was completed on February 1, 2024, and a celebration event was held for the completion and reopening of the office on February 9, 2024. The event, which was very important and a momentous occasion for the Hawa Feminist Coalition’s team and its feminist movement in Somalia to commemorate their major accomplishment, was attended by the organization’s staff, key young feminist activists, partners, and friends, who shared their jubilant and congratulatory remarks.

Mariam Abdullahi Mohamed, a senior member of the Hawa Feminist Coalition’s team, delivered a welcome speech and briefly talked about the organization’s history, the expansion and renovation work, and how this will help the organization grow into a strong and visible young feminist movement in Somalia that is strong enough to take the lead in working on priority gender justice issues in Somalia.

“The expansion consisted of some that had been financed by the landlord, for example, the construction of a new building consisting of a conference hall that could accommodate more than 40 people at the time, two more offices, one toilet, and a storeroom and kitchen.” Said Mariam Mohamed

“As part of the expansion that was funded by the Hawa Feminist Coalition, security and safety systems were installed throughout the premises and these included fire alarms, fire extinguishers, exit lights, emergency lighting, and first aid kits in every room and space. And also the installation of a CCTV security system or cameras in all the areas, both outside and inside, of the office premises, which will make our office premises secure and protected. The working spaces were also modernized and expanded to accommodate more than 40 staff members, and the old office building was renovated and repainted, and attractive wallpapers and materials depicting the organization’s vision, cause, and feminist principles were affixed in the office’s entryways and work spaces. This will ensure that our staff and movement have the finest possible environment to work, meet, and pursue their goal.” Said Mariam Mohamed.

Fatima Hussein, a member of the Board of Directors of the Hawa Feminist Coalition, thanked the generous donors who support the Hawa Feminist Coalition with flexible funding and specifically appreciated the Black Feminist Fund, whose funding made the renovation and expansion work possible.

In addition to the remarks made by the Hawa Feminist Coalition’s team, speakers at the event included Umalkhayr Awad, a well-known local journalist and founder of Gole Media Company, who has a close partnership with the Hawa Feminist Coalition. The speakers also included Farhia Feisal, founder and executive director of Hambile Youth Initiatives, and Shukri Ali, a member of Tolmo Society.

“I’m very happy, and this is a joyful moment for Somali girls to see the progressive growth and prosperity Hawa Feminist Coalition, which is the only feminist organization in our country, is making toward establishing a strong feminist movement base.” Said Umulkhayr Awad

“Tonight’s celebration of the expansion and renovation of Hawa Feminist Coalition’s office premises is just one example of what we can achieve together as girls.” Said Farhia Feisal  

The proceeding was followed by live music entertainment, refreshments and open-house tour for audience interested. The ceremony was adjourned with enjoyment and joyfulness.

For more information or media inquiries, please contact info@femsom.org or +252 907 483965.

Hawa Feminist Coalition Observes The International Day Of The Girl 2023 With An Emphasis On Child Marriage In Somalia

In commemoration of International Day of the Girl, the Hawa Feminist Coalition organized an event attended by some key young feminist activists and members of the Hawa movement. The event was held on the afternoon of October 10, 2023, a day before October 11, which is a day annually observed to advocate for the full spectrum of girls’ rights.


On this occasion, the young feminist activists focused on early marriage and how this has affected the lives of young girls in Somalia. They discussed and talked about the root causes of early marriage and the effects this has on Somali girls. This has been a sustained norm for parents to marry their daughters at a young age, partly in the belief of a better life but also due to poverty and gender inequality. Apart from the gender inequality that is deeply rooted in Somali society, there are other factors behind early marriage, which include economic burdens and poverty, as families take bridedowry as income in the marriage of their daughters.

This miserable practice has only increased in recent years, mainly as a means for families to reduce their economic problems and as a matter of survival. The everlasting conflict and political instability are also other factors that greatly contribute to early marriage. The worsening climate change, and repeated droughts in Somalia are also other drivers greatly contributing to the increase of early marriage among young girls in Somalia.


These multi-generational and gendered norms remained a means of ensuring family honor, securing economic stability, or controlling female sexuality. In the rural Somalia community, 9–15-year-old girls usually drop out of school early. Social norms and gender stereotypes mean that girls are not encouraged to stay in school, with the belief that marriage and child rearing are the only options available to them and should be their only aim in life. There is also a belief in the Somalia community that girls who stay in school and complete their education will find it harder to get married.


“I want people to know that just because I’m a girl doesn’t mean that I’m less favored. People should understand that we have the same capacity as boys and can do better than them if equal rights are given.” Said Sumaya Shirdon, young feminist activist and a senior member of Hawa Feminist Coalition.

“There are many girls who are not as brave as I am, but I like to appeal to all girls in Somalia to not be silent about the problems they are facing. If you don’t speak up and claim your rights, no one will speak up for you.” Said Fatima Farah, a young feminist activist.


The effects of early marriage undermine girls’ and young women’s health, psychosocial wellbeing, and overall quality of life. Early marriage could also lead to other high-risk behaviors, such as smoking and alcohol consumption. Ikran Hassan, a young feminist activist, briefly presented a study that she had conducted earlier, which shows that more than 50% of the young women addicted to drugs and chewing Khat in Somalia were married at a young age.

Days before the International Day of the Girl, there has been a young woman suffering serious mental illness as a result of being physically and sexually abused by her husband. This news was widely circulated on social media, which saddened the Somali people. This is a prime example of the effects of early marriage among girls and has been a good example that attracted many people who condemned the practice and called for a total ban on early marriage in Somalia.


“If you visit the mental health centers across Somalia, you can see many young women suffering mental problems as result of early marriage.” Said Amina, a young feminist activist and MPHS worker.

“I encourage every girl who faces the consequences of early marriage to stand up for saving other girls from this kind of evil practice. Don’t stay silent on these atrocities against girls.” Said Fosia Dahir, a young feminist and member of Hawa Feminist Coalition.


“I ask every girl to share her story publicly; this is the best way we can stop the early marriage practice in Somalia.…..” Said Mariam Abdullahi
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This was significant occasion marked the rise of young feminist activists who vocalized their firm opposition to early marriage and demanded the immediate end of such practices.

HIRING A VOLUNTEER: Members Engagement Volunteer

Job Title: Members Engagement Volunteer

Department: Membership and Community Building

Location: Garowe, (Or Remotely)

Reports to: Membership Engagement Officer

General Position Summary

Hawa Feminist Coalition is a non-governmental and non-profit feminist organization founded by young women and girls all under the age of 35 in 2018 as the first feminist-led movement in Somalia committed to promoting the safety, equality, justice, rights, and dignity of young women and girls in Somalia. Hawa Feminist Coalition was founded to mobilize and connect young women and girls to build strong and visible collective strength that can work toward achieving a country where women and girls are valued as equal beings among members of the community, enjoy all their rights on an equal footing with others, and live in dignity in Somalia.

Hawa Feminist Coalition is a membership-based movement with overall 200 young feminist activists and other young women activists based throughout Somalia. These members are united in feminist solidarity and all connected through an online community platform where they meet, connect, discuss and address the most pressing issues in solidarity and collectively to achieve a common vision.

Hawa Feminist Coalition is looking for a young volunteer who has a strong interest in connecting and engaging young feminists in order to mobilize strong feminist movement to act together for social change. The position is a voluntary and will manage the members engagement plans.

Areas of Responsibilities / Functions

  • Manage and be responsible for membership@femsom.org mailbox, as well as responding to mails addressed to this email.
  • Responsible for keeping and maintaining the membership related forms, documents and policies also vital information for the new members, for example automated messaging, updated and current.
  • Assist the Membership Engagement Officer with responding to member queries and requests, and
  • membership verification and vetting, communication with new members on the process, forms and other important membership policies and procedures.
  • Support members with all regular transaction processes across all stages of their onboarding and development as per Hawa Feminist Coalition’s membership policy.
  • Keep and maintain members registers and records as well as other member registration platforms.
  • Manage and be responsible the online community engagement platforms such as “Young Feminist Activists WhatsApp Group” and “Young Feminist Activists Slack Group”.
  • Help members in addition to the online community engagement platforms, particularly new members joining the movement.
  • Facilitate connections and learning among the members, and also connecting the members one and another in the respective areas.
  • Summarize, translate and share the opportunities such as grants, trainings, workshops, scholarships, fellowships and so on with members through the online community engagement platforms (WhatsApp, Slack or emails)

Special Requirements

  • Young woman aged between 18-30

Education, Language & Qualifications

  • Diplomas/degrees in the following disciplines will be considered, although they are not mandatory for this position: international relations, marketing, ICT and so on.
  • Fluency in verbal and written communication in English; additional language capacity

Essential, Knowledge, skills and Experience

  • Excellent writing, communication and analytical skills
  • Commitment to Hawa Feminist Coalition’s vision, mission, values and ways of working
  • Good knowledge of feminism, feminist leadership and movements
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment, work under pressure and multi-tasking
  • Computer and internet proficiency, including MS Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc
  • Demonstrated ability of how to use, manage and work on the online community engagement platforms such as WhatsApp, Slack and also online meeting platforms such as Zoom, Team, Google Meet and so on.
  • Experience with community building and member engagement or how to engage large members
  • Experience supporting the organisation of virtual convenings, such as webinars and online trainings

How to Apply

All interested young women are encouraged to apply for this voluntary position advertised. Send your application and updated CV to this email on or before October 25, 2023:

DEADLINE FOR ALL APPLICATIONS: 25 October 2023

Nadiira Cabdiraxmaan: Siddee gabdhuhu ugu faa’iideysan karaan xirfadaha cagaaran?

Siddan wada ognahay isbedelka cimilada waa mid kamid dhibaatooyinka ugu waaweyn ee haysta Soomaaliya iyadoo ay soo raacaan dhibaatooyinka dagaalada iyo deganaansho la’aanta siyaasadda oo muddo dheer ka jirtay wadanka siiba soddonkii sano ee u danbeeyay. Dhibaatooyinka isbedelka cimilada ka dhashay waxaa kamid ah abaarta oo dabo dheeraatay si weyna u sameysay guud ahaan nolosha dadka Soomaaliyeed, si gooni ah waxyeelo weyn iyo saameyn ku yeelatay Haweenka iyo gabdhaha iyagoo si gooni ah ugu nuqul waxyeelooyinka ka dhasha isbedelka cimilada.

Iyaddoo maanta ku began tahay August 12, waxaa adduunka laga xusaa Maalinta Dhalinyarada ee Caalamiga ah (International Youth Day) si loogu qareemo la isuguna baraarujiyo doorka dhalinyarada ku leedahay horumarinta iyo weliba wax ka qabashada dhibaatooyinka dhalinyarada u goonida ah. Haddaba, Xuska sanadkan, oo cinwaan looga dhigay xuska “Green Skills for Youth: Towards a Sustainable World” oo ah “Xirfadaha Cagaaran ee Dhalinyarada ee ku Aadan Adduun Waara”, waxaan jeclaystay inaan ka hadlo dhibaatooyinka gabdhaha ka haysta inay ka fa’iideystaan shaqooyinka iyo xirfadaha caagaaran si ay uga qayb-qaataan fursadaha horumarinta iyo dhaqaalaha koraya.

Waxaa jira firaaqo weyn iyo u sinnaansho la’aan dhanka shaqooyinka iyo fursadaha la xiriira shaqada iyo xrifadaha la xiriira shaqooyinka cagaaran ee Soomaaliya. Iyadoo Soomaaliya kamid tahay meelaha gabdha iyo dumarka wajahaan caqabado bulsho iyo dhibaatooyin dhaqan, kuwaasoo hoos u dhigaya doorka Haweenka ee bulshada iyo fursadaha ay kaga qayb-geli lahaayeen fursadaha horumarinta bulshada. Waxaa jira firaaqo in gabdhaha laga qaybgelin fursadaha iyo xirfadaha cagaaran, waxaana lagu tilmaamo karaa cadad sare siiba waxa gaaraya 70%.

Hadaba, taladayda waxay tahay in gabdhuhu ka fa’iideysan karaan xirfadaha cagaaran, waa haddii wax laga qabto caqabadaha jinsi ee jira ama goonida ku ah dumarka sida u sinnaan la’aanta tababarada xirfadaha, maalgelinta iyo suuqa shaqada oo furan. Waxaa loo baahan yahay tallaabooyin deg-deg isbedel arimahan wax looga qabanayo kuwaasoo kor u qaadaya shaqooyinka cagaaran ee gabdhaha, waana arin si deg-deg loogu baahan yahay in looga howlgalo haddii la doonayo in dhaqaale loo wada siman yahay oo lagu wada dhan yahay.

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Call for Participation: Workshop for Somali Young Feminist Climate Activists

Climate change is one of the most critical problems facing Somalia, along with other ever-lasting conflicts and political instability that the country has been going through for the last thirty years. Young women and girls have been disproportionately affected by climate change effects, such as repeated devastating droughts in Somalia, and they bear an unfair burden from these crises. Women and girls are not well included in the design and implementation of climate action strategies and responses. Despite deep gender disparities in Somalia, the few young feminist climate activists that come out to speak for themselves are facing challenges due to a lack of knowledge on advocacy and activism and limited collaboration among them to take an active and coordinated role in addressing climate change.

Women and girls can be powerful leaders and change-makers for climate adaptation and mitigation, and without their leadership, knowledge, and participation in climate change responses today, it is unlikely that solutions for a sustainable planet and an equal society for men and women will be found tomorrow.

Hawa Feminist Coalition, founded by young feminists all under the age of 35 in 2018 as the first feminist movement in Somalia, is going to hold a workshop for the emerging young feminist climate activists in Somalia. In this three-day workshop, the emerging young feminist climate activists will learn more about feminist advocacy and inter-generational activism, and this will be a safe place to meet each other, join their voices and actions, and share their thoughts on how to deal with climate change and their hopes for the future.

Therefore, if you are an emerging Somali young feminist climate activist based in Puntland, Somalia, whose age is under 30 and who is interested in learning more about feminist advocacy and inter-generational activism and forming partnerships and coordination with other colleagues in the same field, this is the perfect opportunity for you.

The workshop will be around on May 25-30, 2023 and will take place in Garowe, Puntland Somalia. Hawa Feminist Coalition will be able to pay the transportation and accommodation expenses of a few participants who are coming to the workshop from outside of Garowe, where training will be held. All other participants will be given a participation fee.

If you are interesting to join the workshop, please fill your information in the below form before May 25, 2023.

If you need any further information or assistance, please contact us: info@femsom.org or the project focal point Ms. Nadira Abdirahman Mohamud nadira@femsom.org, +252 907 532 164. Or send message to the office WhatsApp/ Phone +252 907 483 965.

Our Young Feminist Activists Trained on Digital Safety in Garowe, Somalia

Hawa Feminist Coalition, the only feminist-led organization in Somalia, has concluded a two-day training on digital safety for 57 members of the organization’s staff and volunteers in Garowe, Somalia. This is the first time that our staff and volunteers have been given such important information about how to deal with the bullying and sexual harassment they face online in Somalia.

Our feminist activists, who are subjected to constant online harassment, are now learning how to respond to those risks and stay safe online. Online violence against women and girls is an increasing concern in Somalia and is becoming widespread, while offline violence such as domestic violence, rape, and sexual abuse are prevalent throughout the country. Our young feminist activists who are brave enough to speak out in public are often attacked online, which makes many of them leave the online public space.

In this training, they learned about encryption, anonymity, and digital security tools to stay safe online and not give up because of online bullying and sexual harassment. During the training, they have also learned about a range of digital safety related topics, including phishing, vishing, ransomware, malware, password protection, information security, social engineering, physical security, mobile device security, email security, working remotely, cloud security, social media, safe web browsing, risk management, and incident reporting.

The training, which was highly participatory and interactive, was facilitated by a trainer with advanced experience and knowledge in information security and computer security. A range of practical activities were employed during the training, such as learning how to deal with and respond to different threats like cyber-harassment, trolling, doxing, non-consensual image distribution, and others. as well as practical demonstrations on installing and using the most essential digital security software and forming good habits online.

Our young feminist activists are now strong enough to identify, prevent, and respond to the digital threats they face on online platforms. and this is expected to contribute to our long-term resilience and sustainability by helping us respond to digital threats and stay safe online.

Note: Due to privacy and security purposes, the pictures of some participants were excluded.

Statement On Appreciation of Puntland for Approval of Anti- Female Genital Mutilation Bill

We appreciate the cabinet of Puntland for approving the anti- Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) bill as a key step towards a full ban on female genital mutilation in Puntland state in Somalia, where 98% of girls and women undergone FGM. We hope that the Parliament will follow suit and pass the bill smoothly for the benefit of rights of girls and women in the state.

We hope that this to be a good example to other authorities in Somalia and follow suite, and enact similar legal measures to ban female genital mutilation once and for all in their respective territories.

We will continue, together with other partners to advocate elimination of all forms of violence against girls and women in order to achieve a country where women and girls enjoy all their rights and live in dignity.

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HAWA FEMINIST COALITION
Bosaso, Puntland Somalia

The dead body of Nafisa Omar found in a cooking pot in Mogadishu

We are so saddened about tragic death of Nafiso Omar Gelle 12, who went on missing 3 days ago but found her dismembered and tortured body today in a big cooking pot in her family house in Mogadishu. We want to express our solidarity to our fallen sister’s family and relatives, colleagues, and to all young women and girls in the country who are grieving the loss of  beloved sister.

Somalia has been scarred by a series of high-profile sexual abuse cases recently and further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. We urge the Police to conduct an immediate investigation into the death of Nafiso Omar Gelle and bring all those responsible to justice.

Jawahir A. Mohamed

Executive Director,

Hawa Feminist Coalition

Statement: Hawa Feminist Coalition condemns Two Sisters Killed In Mogadishu

Hawa Feminist Coalition condemns the death of Fahdi Adow Abdi and Faiza Adow Abdi in Mogadishu in the night of April 22, 2021 after a mortar landed in their house. We note with grave concern the increasing violence and repressive context against young women and girls these days.

We, members of Hawa Feminist Coalition want to express our solidarity to our fallen sisters’ family and colleagues and to all young women and girls in the country who are grieving the loss of these beloved sisters in Mogadishu.

We urge the Federal Government of Somalia and Benadir Regional Administration to conduct an immediate investigation into the killing of Fahdi Adow Abdi and Faiza Adow Abdi and bring all those responsible to justice.

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Join us in promotion of sex-disaggregated data in the event of commemoration of Open Day 2021

Open Data Day is an annual celebration of open data all over the world. Groups from around the world create local events on the day where they will use open data in their communities. It is an opportunity to show the benefits of open data and encourage the adoption of open data policies in government, business and civil society.

Hawa Feminist Coalition plans to hold an online event to commemorate Open Day 2021 on March 6, 2021 at 10:00AM via Zoom. The agenda of the event is to advance the production, dissemination and openness of sex-disaggregation of development data in Somalia and will take place in online with participation of 21 participants and countless viewers who are expected to watch the event live at online platforms. The event will be included presentations that to be made by representatives from UN, International NGOs or Local NGOs.

The discussions will cover the data gaps, strengthens and the need to strengthen sex-disaggregated data for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls by 2030. These will be followed by group discussions covering on how to use open data a) to end all forms of discrimination and violence against women and girls everywhere, b) to measure the gender gap in education, political empowerment, health and survival, and economic participation and opportunity, and c) way-forwards to ensure open data is fully applied as a prerequisite to achieving gender equality in Somalia.

Hawa Feminist Coalition is highly appreciated and welcomes your participation to the meeting and register at this link: https://forms.gle/VRxmxMpL8tV2kE3N7. After registration, you will receive the participation details right to your email.

Looking forward to your participation to the #ODD2021 event!