- Women decision making participation
The role of Somaliland women in social and economic is on increase and recognizable to a certain level. However, too limited presentation of women in both election and nominative positions because of the nature of clan based politics which gives priority to men. This is not only a Somaliland issue but it is a global issue that economy and political is male dominated and is the reason for global demand of gender justice and equity on all issues and levels of participation.
To address the issue WORDA is one of the LNGOs, Networks and Activists that rigorously work towards increase of Somaliland women’s participation and representation at all levels through capacity building of women potential leaders, women political aspirants, and women activities. Also advocates for women increase in elective and nomination position through government enactment of affirmative action for increasing women participation in higher levels.
- civic education on democratic elections
The Constitution of the Somaliland provides the creation and nurturing of a democratic society in which all the citizens have the right to participate in the affairs of their government. But above that, there is limited civic voter education in the general Somaliland communities in particular rural and semi urban communities. WORDA works towards improving the knowledge of communities on their voter rights and their role as citizens in the elections.
- Sexual and Gender Based Violence
Women in Somali society is on the increase with their involvement and contribution to socio-economic development of the country in general and family building in particular, nevertheless, women face isolation when comes to seek their rights which is subordinated by male dominated cultural norms. Even the social norms limit the participation of women in decision making levels. To address gender issue had always commanded argument in Somali society. It is regarded as a taboo subject by the overwhelming population and one that most people would rather not talk about it and that is the major reason gender based violence is highly existed in Somaliland. Above all there is existence of silence and phobia particularly the voiceless population. The silence and phobia to report the abuse is related to assumption for protection and keeping dignity and honor of the person and the family in accordance to social norms and values. This good norms and values for protection contradicts efforts for ending or reducing GBV because perpetrators continued their violation habitual particularly rape. To make a change on reduction of GBV WORDA takes role in the advocacy, community awareness and education initiative for addressing GBV. This is done through creation of local community SGBV response groups, SGBVs case referral, counseling and support advocacy for Anti SGBV policy and law and its implementation.
- Female Genital Mutilation – FGM/C
Female genital mutilation is a long lasted traditional practice which existed for centuries and it exists in different parts of world particularly Africa and Asia. Somaliland is one of the countries that FGM existed historically and nearly every Somaliland girl undergoes FGM between the ages of six and twelve. About 98 -99% percent of girls either in rural or urban have FGC either known SUNNA which refers of cutting partial or all of clitoris or pharaonic which refers cutting the major part of their external genitals and the remaining skin stitched together. FGC puts children at risk of life threatening complication at the time of procedures as well as health problems on sexual reproductive rights of women that remain with their life cycle.
FGM is regarded as a national issue and its major focus is to utilize holistic approach where government and CSOs work together since it is a deep rooted practice. WORDA is one of the potential organizations that works towards enhancing spaces for community dialogues on understanding the problems and complications of FGM/C and put in place agreed measures with family level FGM/C practice decision makers for saving and protecting girl child from FGM/C.