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)



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