Innovating the triangle in Somalia

Millions of children and young adults do not have access to quality education and healthcare, essential rights and needs for the path out of poverty. In light of this problem, Oxfam Novib organised together with HIRDA and Butterfly Works the event ‘Innovating the Triangle of Education, Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) and Gender’. On the 23rd of April the three partners came together in The Hague aiming to reflect with other stakeholders on the effectiveness of approaches to work on this triangle.

The stakeholders participated in eight workshops, which dealt with more specific issues related to this theme. HIRDA organised one of these workshops, called ‘Improving access to education for girls in Somalia’, including a presentation and discussion by Matan Dahir, and Diede Sterenborg of HIRDA, and Ms. Anke van der Kwaak, Senior Health Advisor and trainer of the Royal Tropical Institute. HIRDA has over 14 years experience working on improving the quality of Somali education and making it accessible to all children, especially girls. During the workshop, HIRDA shared its lessons learned, and the challenges and approaches it takes to conduct its programmes on education, gender and health.

Other issues addressed during this event were the rise in HIV infections and other sexual transmitted diseases, teenage pregnancies, and sexual violence among youth. The ‘triangle’, combining quality education, gender justice and SRHR, is an important and effective way to deal with these challenges. Interested to read the coverege of the complete day, click here.

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