Prevention of Child, Early and Forced Marriage in Somalia: A Child Protection and Gender Equality Approach

Enhancing the capacities of the local officials to prevent early and forced marriage, as well to increase community capacity to protect girls from abuse and exploitation of forced and early marriage and the capacity of the girls to protect themselves from the perils and negative impacts of early marriage.

...improving the capacity of these community members to advocate for the prevention of forced marriage and protect children specifically girls from coercion in regard to the marriage.

Prevention of Child, Early and Forced Marriage in Somalia: A Child Protection and Gender Equality Approach

1. Project Kick-off meeting in all project intervention areas:

This is has been an inception or preliminary meeting with the community leaders and the local authorities including law enforcement agencies. The meetings were intended to introduce these communities on the project and how it will support the local communities to stop the problem of CFEM, another importance of these meetings was to assist the establishment of CWC and women lobby group, boys group and girls group and discussion has been made on the duties to do. This meeting has been held in all project intervention areas (Baligubadle, Gumburaha, Arabsiyo, Gebiley, Aden Saleban, Qoyta, Unuunley, and Yiroowe) from June 10th to July 27th, 2015.

1.1.6. Establish and strengthen reporting mechanisms from national to community on CEFM

Nagaad Network commissioned CFEM case reporting training for the community structures (CWC, Women Lobby Groups, Boys’ Group and Girl’s Group) in all project intervention areas.

The trainings happened in Gebiley on 11-12 November, Arabsiyo on 13-14 November, Balligubadle on 15-16 November, Gumburaha on 17-18 November, Aden Saleban IDP on 19-20 November, Qoyta on 14-15 November, Unuunley on 18-19 November, and Yiroowe on 16-17 November. The aim of the training was to strengthen case reporting procedure of Forced & early marriage cases in their respective villages. The following table summarises the gender disaggregation of the participants.

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1.2.1.Three days of training were organized for 30 law enforcement officials (police, judiciary & custodian corps) at national level on the prevention and protection of children from CEFM
On October 9th -10th, Nagaad Network in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice conducted 2 days training for 30 Law Enforcement officials (police, judiciary & custodian corps), 25 Men and 5 Women, in Hargeisa. The aim of the training was to increase the capacity of Law Enforcement Bodies to protect girls from abuse, exploitation, neglect and violence and with special emphasis on early and forced marriage, in Somaliland. The essential need to protect children through law enforcement mechanisms and structures has become a priority that aims to remove or reduce and the prevailing harmful traditional practices protection including Early and forced girls’ marriage. Participants who were the leaders of the law enforcement bodies showed their commitment of protecting girls from CFEM,

1.2.2. Three days of training were organized for 60 regional level law enforcement officials (police, judiciary)
The project supported three days training for regional level 30 Law Enforcement Officials, 20 Men and 10 Women in Gabiley started from 8th to 10th September, 2015. The participants were from within Gabiley regional authority.  The aim of the trainings was to increase the capacity of Law Enforcement Bodies to protect girls from abuse, exploitation, neglect and violence and with special emphasis on early and forced marriage, in Somaliland. The essential need to protect children through law enforcement mechanisms and structures has become a priority that aims to remove or reduce and the prevailing harmful traditional practices protection including Early and forced girls’ marriage.

1.2.3. Organize 3 days training for 105 district level law enforcement officials (police, judiciary & custodian  corps) on the prevention and protection of children from CEFM
The project supported two trainings (three days each) in Balligubadle on September 12-14th, 2015. Yirowe on 24-25/08/2015 and Gumburaha on 24-25/08/2015. The trainings had been attended by 30 participants from police, custody personnel and judiciary people. The aim of the training workshops were to enhance the capacities of the local officials to prevent early and forced marriage, as well to increase community capacity to protect girls from abuse and exploitation of forced and early marriage and the capacity of the girls to protect themselves from the perils and negative impacts of early marriage. Trainings were more of participant centered but also additional information was provided on child friendly services that relates to the law enforcement agencies.