Posted by in News on November 9, 2015

Somalia: UN-Supported Toll-Free Hotline to Tackle Gender-Based Violence

Somalia: A United Nations-backed toll free hotline has been launched for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Somalia to tackle sexual violence by enhancing timely response to abuse cases and offering information on accessible health services.

Hotline 5555, nicknamed Ceebla meaning ‘no shame’ in Somali, was initiated in October by the Somali Women’s Development Centre (SWDC), with the support of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), several UN agencies and non-profit organizations, according to an UNSOM press release issued earlier this week.

“More importantly, we are also sharing with them information on services available for victims of gender-based violence, which includes domestic violence and rape,” said UNSOM Human Rights Officer Abdinasir Moallin during a training session meant to sensitize IDPs on the rights and services available to victims of gender-based violence.

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Source: Allafrica

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