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One Day Workshop on Sexual Offences Bill for Civil Society Groups in Boorama


Legal Action worldwide (LAW) and DRC have jointly delivered a one day workshop on Somaliland Sexual offences Bill to members of the justice institutions and civil societies in Boorama. The Workshop was held on 15th November 2015 at Oslo Hotel, Boorama, and 30 members including police officers, members form the judiciary, and members form civil society organisations undertaking activities involving SGBV attended the event.

The workshop focused on the basic concepts in SGBV such as types, nature, causes and contributing factors of SGBV crimes and the consequences of the same on survivors and society at large; and the role and responsibilities of the police, and medical, legal, and psycho-social service providers in helping SGBV survivors.

In addition, the workshop focused on the existing laws in Somaliland relating to SGBV crimes (i.e., the Penal and Procedure codes). Participants of the workshop understood that such existing laws have noticeable gaps and loopholes which made them unsuitable to tackle SGBV crimes, and do not ensure the constitutionally guaranteed rights to access to justice, security of person, respect for reputation and private life, and equality and non-discrimination.

This was followed with a presentation intended to raise awareness of civil society institutions and justice actors in Boorama on the existence of the Sexual Offences Bill for Somaliland, aimed at filling the gap in the current laws on SGV.