Graduation Ceremony: Vocational training skills concluded for 30 women in Mogadishu

A colorful event that was attended by members from CISP, HIWA, Beneficiaries and other honorable guests was held  in Mogadishu on 1st December which 30 women who were trained for different skills graduated, The 30 women had been earlier trained from July-November  to be able to diversify their skills and have better opportunities at being self-reliant. HIWA, a local organization with two decades of experience in this area led the training in partnership with CISP.

the ceremony was opened with Holy Quran and officially opened with remarks by Alas from HIWA, Also has addressed many issues relating to the stages that the women were trained in terms of things they learnt, the period and the quality they have today. He thanked all the learners for the patience they expressed during the learning process of the four months.

“I learnt how to sew clothes, how to sell and identify the profit and loss of my business. At first I did not understand the mathematics but I am now able to do correct calculations,” stated Madina, a trainee.

Hani was one of 30 women from Karaan, Boondheere and Yaaqshiid districts, who were trained on vocational skills in Mogadishu. The training which lasted for 5 months covered business management, revolving fund, Somali language Writing, crafts  and dress making and fabric embroidery.

In a large, neat and well lit room, the women worked sewing together the pieces of fabric they had cut into flowing dresses. They also embroidered cotton material with colourful patterns by hand and displayed on the ceremony that attracted all the participants.

After sometime indoors covering the theoretical part of learning, the trainers later guided the women through practical activities that they will be involved in as business women.

Hawo, one of the participants: “I have learnt new sewing tips and techniques, I have been encouraged the continue practising so I can get better at it.  I have also gained trade secrets that will make me successful.”

Mama Aliyo, chairperson of HIWA talked and advised the graduators to continue their efforts, ‘ I have today a designed basket that I can serve for one year and this is tremendous achievement.  this is a remarkable activity that these beautiful women have discovered today. we, women, are the developers of the community, we have to appreciate what you are doing, your activities will revive and promote our culture, we have to work together promoting our skills and culture.

An elaborate ceremony was held to mark the end of the training period.  Guests representing authorities and partner organization were present.  Dresses and embroidered fabrics that they made during training were exhibited on the walls of the meeting hall.

To start off their lives as entrepreneurs, the women were some given a sewing machine, thread and fabric, materials for crafting and some had the chance to speak during the occasion, while some others discovered a concert on lack of education. finally the two hours ceremony ended in good atmosphere and every one left from there with joys and cheers






Empowerment for Women Survivors in Mogadishyu through Training skills

H1Story of Amran, GBV Survivor in Mogadishu

“My name is Amran* I am a mother of 3 children and live in Kaaraan district particularly in Wajer ward. I am 27 years old. I am also the breadwinner of my family. My husband has been good person as I was married to him, he used to sustain us but recently he made bad friends who were Mira or Kat consumers and my husband joined to them so that he eradicated us. I told him that I cannot endure this issue that he was doing but he turned deaf ear to my speech. I even had problem about coming late in the night. In the last night of our dispute, I encountered beating from him. He beat me badly. I had a wound on head. I and my children used to receive free health services at MCHs, A female from CISP came to me in the morning and took me to the MCH where I was received by female team who assisted me well. I gained treatment from our MCH then I gave them my further details.

In the last day, I ran away from him and now I live with my mother. Fortunate opportunity was 10th July as I gained an opportunity to start this training.

I joined to these women and selected by team in Karaan MCH. I and other 14 women have started tailoring course.

I and my children used to receive free health services at MCHs, A female from CISP came to me and took me to the MCH where I received by female team who assisted me well. I gained treatment from our MCH.

I had no idea about Tailoring but I was thinking to learn such course and the opportunity passed me this time and I am very glad to have such opportunity. Our 15 women started tailoring and we completed hand sewing and drawing as well as Somali writing and basic of mathematics.

I have been here for two months and learnt major parts of the machine, practicing how to sew underwear without machine. During the two months, I have also learnt Somali writing and four fundamental mathematics like addition, subtraction, multiple and division. I have great expectation on completing this course and become very skillful person. I am very delighted to be part of these women who were given great opportunity. I hope that I will do good progress in next months.

Name Changed for confidentiality



Hope of life returns for Ardo GVB survivor in Somalia

01“My name is Ardo*I don’t know how old I am but I imagine that I am 23 years old. In last years, my family and I lived in Balcad district of middle Shebelle region in Somalia but originally fled from the capital city.  My family took the decision to leave from Mogadishu because of violence. I married there and have two children. I lived with my husband in homestead. A one night, three armed men entered in our settlement.

They targeted our home and tookme into forest. I shocked and screamed stridently but I didn’t receive any assistance. I realized that I was in the hand of enemy. The armed men immediately threw me on the ground, caught me with gun. I fainted and lost my consciousness. The thugs raped me cruelly. I was in my maternity period of my son. This brutal action traumatized and disappointed me.I was going through a difficult time and feeling too much back pain that I could not even give breastfeeding to my child. My family returned to Mogadishu again particularly to Yaaqshiid district where we live now. I shared my case with a woman who was my neighbor and she urgently took me to MCH and I was assisted there by group of females. I shared my whole case with them.  I received counselling and treatment and I returned to stable situation.

Staying at home, Later I received a call that I had been selected and I would be joining 29 other women in receiving the training. This was an intense training; I was picked up in the morning and dropped off at home in the evening. I became part of the students who were told that they will receive free legal aid provision and skills Training.

We were divided into different classes and I was selected to join 15 women who started training on hand crafting and I am able now to identify type plan leave and learnt the importance of using craft material and I gained ability and able to mark small baskets and small mats and huge progress fall in my hand.

I have been herefor two months and my expectation at end of the training is that I will be skillful woman who will have more knowledge and skills and this will help me and my family.

If I make one basket and sell it into market, it will cost at least $5 and this will support to our daily life because my husband doesn’t work nowadays. In the next two months, I hope that I will make more improvements, I am proud to be part of this wonderful team and benefit from this golden opportunity that HIWA and CISP gave us.

*Name Changed for confidentiality

Tie-dyeing will improve my life

*Zahra, 23 year mother of 2 children. Her husband divorced her; she has been struggling to support her children and she was one of 30 women selected from three districts of Boondheere Kaaraan and Yaaqshiid in Mogadishu supported by CISP.  HIWA has handed Zahra and her colleagues and trained them.  She has learnt how to write Somali language basically, mathematics and tie and die.

“At first I did not understand the mathematics but I am now able to do correct calculations, write my name and conduct tie and dye. This is what I have been dreaming. Imagine!  Part of my dream comes true,”

“Tie-dyeing is based on the traditional art of folding or tying fabric to create resists that stop the dye from being absorbed into parts of the fabric, thereby forming unique patterns of color. I can use tie-dye to create a design on white fabric. Using the bucket method is a quick way to tie-dye several items at one time,”

“I was given after the course, rubber gloves to protect skin from fixer irritation and dye staining; “Paint shirts” to protect clothing, Bucket to mix fixer solution. Pitcher or jar to mix chemical water Cups, bottles or other containers in which to mix dye colors.”

“I’m very glad to have been able to learn all the lessions during the course. All the support and knowledge combined will improve our life. I will stop washing clothes for people in my village that was my work, I will come up with skills and knowledge and this is a profit of my life,”

Stories From Beneficiaries Trained

*Maryan, 33 year mother of 4 children. She was one of the beneficiaries of skill training from Boondheere district. Maryan was one of 30 women from Karaan, Boondheere and Yaaqshiid districts, who were trained on vocational skills in Mogadishu. The training which lasted for five months covered business management, revolving fund and dress making and fabric embroidery, Somali writing and ties and dyes.

“An opportunity knocked on my door one sunny day, when several people came by my home in Boondheere; they identified themselves as CISP staff and asked if I would be interested in joining a vocational training program that they were offering. I actually agreed.

“ I was led to this centre where HIWA was ready to support me to gain such skills and knowledge, thanks to HIWA for this as well to CISP that encourages and supports the communities in our district,”

We have been here for five months; we passed different times of struggle. I am excited at the fact that I can start up clothes repairing business. I will find space in the village market and set-up my sewing machine there to repair people’s torn clothes. I will also apply the business skills I learnt to run my small business. The little I earn will help my family; it will ease my struggle to support my children,” Maryan, mother of 5 who lives in an IDP camp in Mogadishu.

Training on Law Enforcement concluded in Mogadishu

s1HIWA in cooperation with CISP had carried out training on law enforcement through community care project toolkit part three that was  aimed to strengthen the capacity of Somalia’s police and civilians  particularly polices and communities  in Yaaqshiid and Boondheere districts inorder to give access to survivors who undergo the different types of GVB.

This training was held for four groups from districts of Boondheere and Yaaqshiid from March 5th to April 31st 2016. Each group consisted of 30 persons and received 5 days in each week. The total participants from both districts were 120 participants. They included police forces, district administration members, peace committee leaders, religious leaders, and women group and community elders.

The training on law enforcement personnel particularly at the district level was to ensure that they are properly educated on law to protect citizens, especially GVB survivors in violent and insecure areas, especially women and girls who experience with SGBV, Working closely with communities in both districts. Respect for human rights and the promotion of gender equality is a primary focus area for the training, as is the development of an accountable and competent police service, ensuring compliance with and adherence to human rights standards. The trainined concentrated closely with police activities on law to institutionalize accountability, oversight and internal control mechanisms. Policing should complement existing and traditional community security structures and the justice sector so that those who are in conflict with the law have access to legal representation and due process.

The training was to critically reflect on myths about sexual violence in their community and list the components of the criminal justice system, and to be knowledgeable about the legal and procedural framework relating to sexual violence. The participants expressed free discussion on the role of police in preventing and responding to sexual violence and how to provide effective law enforcement response to sexual violence. During the trainings days they have also made good practice in receiving reports and conducting interviews with victims of sexual violence, including listing phase of an interview and having practiced interviewing victims of sexual violence and be able to demonstrate basic interviewing skills.

The two weeks days training covered different areas that educated for all police on human right and gender –based violence and improving community safety and security through community-based policing to strengthen community trust and collaboration with security actors.

“This is a very good training that build capacity of us police officer to improve our work and I am ready to work for my people that undergo sexual violence by using what I learnt from the training that is useful to me and as police officer our law is to protect people stay peace and safety especially victim of gender-based violence.”Said nur,one of the police officer.

“The training is helpful to us because I learnt how to work with the community for their safety on sexual  violence that happens in the community but GBV happens  in different ways so the knowledge I gained from the training will help me to learn on how police forces work together to eliminate gender based violence in the community. I loved to be police woman because I wanted to work for my community to be safe and live peacefully and arrest perpetrator always.” said Ladan police woman from Yagshiid.

In the training days there were presentations, reflection of the previews day wrap of the day which was their daily activity and was interesting to the participants and understand well.

“I learnt something important in the training because it helps the community to eliminate gender-based violence for working together with police officer and the administration group which is good unity to protect our communities and country too, what I learnt here is my work as community peace maker and feel happy to benefit knowledge that I didn’t know before and I will raise awareness about gender-based violence to clear from the communities.” Narrated Haji Ahmed, community peace maker from Yagshiid.

“Today it is a day that feel happy for this training of police officer, community and as administrations that come together to be trained on how to fight with gender-based violence in the community especially rape cases to be reported to police station in order to help the victim and be safe from sexual violenceviolence. I am here to help the women or girls that undergo sexual violence in the community because we here to work for their health, safety and security.” Said Mama Kaha, the deputy District commissner of Yaqshiid District.






HIWA held Training on IDTR for 35 participants in Beledweine on 9th to 13th January 2016. The training was aimed to improve the people’s knowlege on IDTR. The five days training was very useful for the participants and different themes were covered during the five days sessions.

The 35 participants who attended the training expressed a lot of gratitude after they received more knowledge on difinition of IDTR, Child protection voilence, causes of child voilence, doing follow-up and reunification, using good communication when dealing with children who are lost from their families.

Recaping, sharing ideas, group discusion, and pre-post test to clarify whether they understood the lessons were used during the days training.

“We have learnt a lot in this training; we have learnt more about IDTR that is meant Identification, Tracing and Reunification,” said a female participant who attended the training.

The participants learnt how to identify and register separated and unaccompanied children, with the aim of reuniting them with their families, as well as provide psychosocial support.

“We learnt how to identify lost children, seperated and unaccompanied children,” said a male participant who attended the training on IDRT.

According UNICEF Report, to date, nearly 32,000 children are enjoying the resources and activities in over 350 of UNICEF’s partner run Child Friendly Spaces throughout Somalia.



Raising Awareness on GVB conducted by HIWA in Beledweine

Gender-based violence (GBV) results in physical, sexual and psychological harm to both men and women and includes any form of violence or abuse that targets men or women on the basis of their sex as well as Unequal power relations between men and women significantly contribute to gender violence.  Working in close collaboration with community in Beledweine, HIWA has been playing in key role on raising its own awareness combating against any type of GVB in the community.

HIWA in partnership with UNICEF conducted awareness on GVB for 1284 members (Women 359, Girls 403, Men 205, and Boys 317) in this quarter 2 from December 2015 to February 2016; all these people were IDPs and Host community. These people have been from the villages of Beledweine Hawa-Tako, Koshin, Buundoweyn and Hawl-wadag.

The sessions for the awareness focuses on combating geneder based voilence against women and girls in Beledweyne, and have been guiding to the beneficiaries to reach MHCs inorder to gain free service provision if they meet any voilence against them.

The targeted communities were given outreach awareness on GBV prevention and response and IDTR including, Children like boys and girls, Community Leaders; religious leaders are who are committed taking steps such as giving awareness to the public against the danger of GBV. Religious leaders and community elders are giving directive to the society in the mosques and sometimes on the social media found in the district of Beletwein town.

The themes covered in the awareness sessions included GBV risks to the society and how to respond against violence, Child tracing and Reunification, how a serious GBV case can be referred, IDPs and host community mobilization and available services of GBV survivors.

“We realy received more knowledge from this awarness on GVB because I had no idea about GVB, and many voilence take place in our community, this awareness improved our understanding on GVB and how we can prevent and respond it, thanks to HIWA,” says Habibo         of three children from IDP camp in Beledweine.

“ We undergo different types of GVB and we don’t know how to respond it but now if one of us meets voilence, we will immediately contact with CCW from HIWA, who works with us if GVB happens to us, we can directly go to MCH inorder to receive care and support,” Amina, 21, added.



Closing Ceremony For Vocational Training Held in Mogadishu

It was a well-organized and colourful event for closing ceremony of vocational training course; this training involves 22 women survivors from Boondheere, Kaaraan and Yaaqshiid districts and it was held in Mogadishu on 18th January 2015. The event officially began at 9:00am in the morning. Different dignitaries from Boondheere district authority including the district commissioner, his deputy, the secretary, the women leader of the district, and members from women organizations based in Mogadishu and other honour guests as well as members from CISP and HIWA organization in partnership with CISP attended. Mr. Alas from HIWA organization has firstly opened the ceremony with remarks about the overview about the training course. Alas has said that this training has been going for beneficiaries for two months, an implemented by HIWA, a local organization in partnership with CISP through the project named ‘Promoting rights, protecting Women’.
Some of the beneficiaries were given speeches those have commented about the knowledge and the skills they have gained from the course. They have all stressed that it was an opportunity advantage to them to find such course which will improve their life. “On behalf of my fellow participants I would like to express our sincere gratitude to CISP for its valuable assistance,” said Madina, woman from beneficiaries.

“We are thanking to HIWA and CISP for their support and encouragement to educate us in order to sustain our livelihood, now we are able to find our bills from the instruments were given,” another beneficiary noted.

Miss Aliyo, chairlady of HIWA organization has also spoken at spot and further detailed that HIWA was established to empower the women’s livelihood. She called for Somali people to stand up for protecting the women’s rights in order to gain educated girls and women and thanked to CISP for the probable partnership. It is said that “first impressions are lasting “; for this reason, we would like on this occasion to express our profound gratitude and appreciation to CISP which has given us this useful partnership or sub-granted,” Aliyo told.

The Women leader of Bondhere district Miss Ruqiyo has brought brief focus on CISP’s potential activities in the district and thanked to the agency for the tremendous achievements it provided to the local women.

The district commissioner who spoke at ceremony has called CISP to continue and double the efforts to support and train Bondheere community and other communities in the country and pledged his district will work with the CISP effectively. “The history will commemorate the visible activities that CISP had done in Somalia, I utter to other INGOS, UN, and NGOS to do as CISP did,” said the DC of Boondheere district.

New products of clothes were seen on the walls in the result of the course, which attracted everyone at ceremony, on other hand; the beneficiaries were presented at closing ceremony one sewing machine, sewing thread and clothes as start kits to every one of them which makes possible for them to begin their jobs in their villages and markets. And this step made every person happy and very emotional.   The other participants from civil organizations who spoke at scene took an assured to support their girls and women in order to reach their goals and ambitions since the women are the backbone of every community in the world. Eventually, the ceremony concluded with good atmosphere and joys at 12:00am in the noon.

Vocational Training Held In Mogadishu

Vocational training for 22 GBV survivors held in Mogadishu

As a result of long-standing conflict and further compounded by dire conditions, key protection indicators were extremely poor in Somalia. The protection environment for civilians still remains a significant challenge in Somalia. CISP had brought focus on its efforts to protect human rights in Somalia and took key steps for the prevention and response to GVB against women and girls in Mogadishu in order to increase the positive attitudes and decrease the negative attitudes in positive way.

Two months of Vocational training conducted in Mogadishu for 22 survivors from the communities supported by CISP in three districts of Bondhere, Yaqshid and Karaan. The project named ‘Promoting Rights, Protecting Women’ by CISP provided an opportunity for those women to enhance women’s livelihoods.  HIWA is a local humanitarian organization that has been working in Somalia particularly in Hiraan, Middle Shabelle, Lower Shabelle, Jubba Regions & Banadir  region since it’s foundation in 1997 and it has done this activity in partnership with CISP.

The objective of this training was to support and train the Survivors of Gender based Violence.  20 women of these were survivors who were already trained by CISP for producing sanitary kits. At this time, these women were given vocational training. The training had two phases; the first phase they learn subjects related to business management and revolving fund. In the second phase, the participants were taught how to use sewing machine and produced new clothes as the result of the training. During the course they have done business assessment in the markets of Bondheere to know how to bargain, sell items and calculate their amount. The participants who have already produced thousands of sanitary kits by sewing with their hands are now able to produce the pads with machine tailoring and this is another advantage opportunity for the women to make and produce sanitary kits to exchange for cash that will support their families. During the sewing machine, the participants have studied types of stitching like: zigzag and straight stitch.

“I’m so happy to be educated; I learnt how sew the clothes and how to trade and identify the profits and loss of the business. We didn’t first know the mathematics but now we are able to calculate it nicely,”    “We’re happy with these machine tailoring, it will make change to our live and improve our skills,” Madina said.   “This training will help my children who were eradicated”, she noted. “W have gained today an educational skills that will make sense for our live tomorrow,”

“At this moment when I read or learn about a new approach to a sewing technique, sewing tips and trade secrets would definitely help me sew better and more efficiently,” Aliyo added. “When I was learning how to sew, I was encouraged to make more practices and then perfects will come soon,”

“This skill will help her to gain food for her children, this will reduce the gender based violence that occurs among my family,” she described.

The participants seemed to be happy with this training skills course given to them and outlined that they all agreed to create separate business zones as group work in their villages with the machines that are supposed to be given to them at closing ceremony. This will enable them to earn income for their daily life and eventually this course from the project ‘promoting rights, protecting women’ had impact to the women survivors’ lives. According to UN, Education is a fundamental human right by United Nations’ standards and everyone has right to access to education

By: Salad Ghedi Ali (Field communication & accountability Officer)