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Gender Based Violence (GBV)


Definition: GBV is a discriminatory/unfair act, which affects individuals, families, community and the state as sexual, physical, emotional and economic abuse of gender relation.

The Gender Based Violence can be:
• Physical violence- madder, battery, destroying his/her position
• Sexual violence- Rape, FGM, sexual committed during war crime
Emotional/psychological violence:
1. Social, Cultural, Political and Economical
2. Lower level of literacy of women
3. Lower level participation of decision-making position and process
4. Discrimination-customary which makes women more vulnerable
Consequences of GBV:
• Physical- death victim, HIV/AIDs and maiming
• Psychological- fear, insecurity, humiliation and depression
• Social- feeling incompetence, low self-steam and lack of self worth
1. Low level of productivity from the abuse women
2. Low leadership for economic


jadefrank's picture


Dear Maryan,

Thank you for sharing this information - as many people are not aware of what gender based violence means, nor it's implications for women, families, communities and countries.

Can you share any personal experiences with GBV in your community or what kinds of violence women face in Somalia?

What are your ideas for creating communities free of violence against women?

We are so happy to have your voice in our community and look forward to learning more about you, your work and your vision for the future.

Warm regards,

Ruun Abdi's picture

GBV and Somalia

Dear Jade,

Thanks alot for your inspiration and encouragement.

To be honest, in Somalia we can say at least 10 cases take place per month if not more, talking in Puntland State which has a regional government and we can even say its more in the other places like mogadishu where there is war all the time.

Despite of all that less number of cases are reported to the police and law enforcements or to the organizations envolved/working for such cases like the paralegal NGO, and the main reason is that in the culture its so shameful to be heard a lady have been raped and because of that they always keep it to themselves sometimes ladies might even hide the issue from their parents or even parents might refuse to go to the courts and police stations to acuse those men even if they know them for two reasons: either they are afraid if they accuse they might come after them for revenge and there is no stong government to protect them, or they beleive that even if they do that they might not get enough justice and everybody will know that and the family cant stand for the stigma and humilation with in the community.

We are now trying to increase our public awareness to make them understand that its necessary to go to the police station as well as the health care/hospitals to be treated so that they dont get infected or pregnancy, we hope eveyone will understand and it will be well known that its must to contact to the doctors immediately if there is any rape to be treated.

Best regards,

Carri Pence's picture

Welcome to PulseWire! I am so

Welcome to PulseWire! I am so happy that you are part of a community that cherishes your voice and encourages your vision for a better tomorrow. Your knowledge and ideas about gender based violence will be inspiring others through your writing and service to this community. The role of gender equality is vibrant and bold with World Pulse, where we encourage you to teach as well as learn. Furthermore, we invite you to the group Ending Gender Based Violence and also I encourage you to get involved with our Man Up Campaign.

With friendship,
Carri Pence

Ruun Abdi's picture

Thanks dia

Thanks alot my dia friend for the great welcome in the PulseWire.

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