UN: UN moves to tackle gender-based violence in Somalia

New York, US (PANA) - A UN-backed toll free hotline has been launched for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Somalia to tackle sexual violence by enhancing timely response to abuse cases and offering information on accessible health services.

PANA reports from New York that the "Hotline 5555", nicknamed "Ceebla" - meaning 'no shame 'in Somali - was initiated in October by the Somali Women’s Development Centre (SWDC), with the support of the UN Support Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), several UN agencies and non-profit organizations.

UNSOM Human Rights  Officer Abdinasir Moallin said "more importantly, we are also sharing with them
information on services available for victims of gender-based violence, which includes domestic violence and rape".

Mr. Moallin, who spoke during a training session meant to sensitize IDPs on the rights and services available to victims of gender-based violence, said the hotline was meant to improve timely report to the authorities and their response time to handle abuse cases.

He noted that the hotline also helps to make health service accessible to the victims, such as
providing information on emergency medical services.

"Of great importance, one Somali official stated, is that the hotline breaks the cultural taboo as most sexual violence was unreported due to stigmatization and regarded normal," he said.

The UNSOM official also noted that it offers a platform for the vulnerable group with legal and social support, urging them seeking justice with the help of police.

"We received training on human rights and gender-based violence, which we will share with our people in the camps," Ms. Fartun Hassan Hussein, an IDP representative at the training, said, and applauded the hotline launch to curb the rampant gender-based violence in the camps.
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05 november 2015 21:42:16

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