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PDRC's celebration for the International Women's Day

As the world celebrates the 100th anniversary of international women’s day, Somali community celebrated this wonderful day as well. In Puntland state, ministry of women and family affairs (MOWDAFA) leads the celebration of this magnificent day with collaboration of other agencies in each year.

Puntland Development Research Center (PDRC) is a research institution based in Puntland, Somalia. It is an institution that promotes peacebuilding initiatives and reconciliations.

PDRC is one of the agencies that partake in the celebration of the International Women’s Day in Puntland state of Somalia.

In 2010 and 2011, we developed a different strategy than the one we used before for the celebration of IWD. PDRC and it's partner Interpeace used to organize rally and hold party for the celebration of this remarkable day. But for the last two years, we (PDRC and Interpeace as a team) used this new strategy which is donating cash and materials to vulnerable people in puntland.

In this year’s celebration for the remarkable day, PDRC visited some places and donated to vulnerable people per their needs.

In Galkayo, PDRC visited Galkayo Mental Health Center which is a center that cures and cares for women who have mental disabilities. PDRC donated food, drinks, clothes and shopping to the center.

In Garowe, PDRC visited and donated mattresses and blankets to 45 people in Nasrullah psychiatric ward. PDRC also visited Kenadiid primary school which provides formal and informal education. There are 175 students in the school. PDRC donated books, pens, school bags and uniforms to the school. Furthermore, PDRC visited Hope and donated cash to 45 individuals living with HIV/AIDs.

We decided to celebrate this remarkable day by helping the vulnerable individuals.

Generally, celebration of international women’s day took place throughout Puntland state.



Julie Tomlin's picture

Thank you

Thank you for letting us know what you did today.
I hope that it was a memorable day.



Ruun Abdi's picture

It was awesome...

...Yeah actually it was a memorable day. it feels good when you share someone else's sorrows and you try to ease them.... That is what we did. Since this was a remarkable day for all women, we thought of taking this opportunity to help the vulnerable people in Garowe and Galkayo both in Puntland, Somalia.

In solidarity,


We are publishers of E Books focused on women's rights, and in honor of the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day on 8 March 2011, we are making available our "My Introduction to a New Feminism" E Booklets, in three languages(Portuguese, German, and English).

We hope you have a chance to pick up your complementary copy, and also share with your communities.

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Maria Anna Foohs
Publisher and Women's Rights Advocate
Educator in Bavaria, Germany

To Honor 100th Anniversary Int'l Women's Day on 8 March 2011

Ruun Abdi's picture

Dear Maria, That is very kind

Dear Maria,

That is very kind of you and thank you so much for letting me know. I am gonna look at it and download.


Sarvina's picture

Hi Ruun, Thanks for sharing

Hi Ruun,

Thanks for sharing this celebration 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day in your country to us! It is a wonderful day for every women around the world.




Sarvina from Cambodia
VOF 2011 Correspondent

nilima's picture

I totally go with sarvina:)

I totally go with sarvina:) thank you ruun for sharing it with us :)

Ruun Abdi's picture

Thank you so much Nili.

Thank you so much Nili. ;)

Anything exciting you did for this remarkable day? Would love to read what you have done and how your country celebrated.

Lots of love,

nilima's picture

well no not this time!! i

well no not this time!! i just gave time to myself :) i relaxed and enjoyed the day :)

Ruun Abdi's picture



Ruun Abdi's picture

Thanks dear Sarvu for taking

Thanks dear Sarvu for taking time to read ma post and leaving behind such a lovely comment. ;)

Have you done anything exciting? would love to read what you did and how your country celebrated this remarkable day.

Lots of love,

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