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  1. Gender based violence messages
  2. General messages
  3. Messages tailored for specific audiences
  4. Islamic context

Gender-based violence is a global pandemic and human rights violation that hinders both individual and societal development. Furthermore, the prevailing socioeconomic and political inequalities between the sexes ensure that women and girls are most susceptible to violence. Global surveys consistently find that 50 percent of all sexual assaults are perpetrated against girls, 15 or younger and nearly one out of every three women will endure some form of abuse during her lifetime.

[...] The progress can only begin with the termination of the violence and it would courage to stand up for the right by for instance speaking out against GBV. All members of a society need to contribute for success of the society. In this regard, the empowerment of women is the seed from which the country can grow. Health Victims of domestic violence account for 38 percent of all female homicides globally while the survivors of domestic violence are 1.5 times more likely to contract STIs, including HIV, syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea. [...]

[...] You therefore need to stop the spread of domestic violence by REPORTING and ACTING accordingly. Notice that female genital mutilation is a great social ill and that together, we can end its practice in our communities. It can lead to many health problems. Typically, the partnership between women and men would yields the best results because this is not just an issue for women and girls; it is an issue of concern for everyone. Women and Girls Notably, violence against women and girls severely hinders development by seizing the victims' ability to leverage their potential effectively. [...]

[...] It is believed in some cultures that if a husband does not beat his wife, there is no expression for love. Gender-based violence can be ended when everyone in Somalia participates in this course since violence against women undermines development, generates instability, and makes peace more difficult to achieve. Women and girls can make significant contributions if they live without fear of violence. Their contributions towards their families and communities would be significant. Multi-sectorial prevention and response of gender- based violence should focus on empowerment and reintegration of the survivors. [...]

[...] In response to this reality and to recent reports detailing the escalation of sexual violence against women, the GBV working group for Somalia identified an urgent need to strengthen the communication skills of humanitarian actors and development partners in order to effectively advocate for gender equality, limit the occurrence of gender-based violence and ultimately eradicate its practice. The harmonization and consolidation of anti-GBV messages enables stakeholders to spread a unified message and thus streamline future and current advocacy campaigns. In order to create effective messages, the zonal workshops were conducted to enhance the competencies of humanitarian actors in a range of areas including gender equality through the prism of Islam, content development process, advocacy and community mobilization. The workshop participants were then divided into groups and tasked with the challenge of reviewing and validating GBV messages. [...]

[...] Gender-based violence can only be brought to an end if everyone in Somalia participates in this course. In this case, ending GBV requires people to strive in both providing support for survivors and prosecuting the perpetrators. Violence against women and girls is the most pervasive, and least reported human rights abuse in Somalia. Let's speak out! Violence against women and girls takes many forms: rape, domestic violence, sex trafficking, crimes in the name of honor, sexual assault and abuse and traditional practices like female genital mutilation/cutting, and forced marriages. [...]

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