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UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

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Women stand in a shelter for girls and women who have endured sexual and gender-based violence, in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. In addition to safe accommodation, girls and women at the shelter – run by the Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre with UNICEF support – also receive educational and psychosocial assistance.


Physical abuse of Somali women, including by a spouse, remains common. Some 45 per cent of girls are married by age 18, while 98 per cent of women aged 15–49 years have endured female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). Sexual violence often goes unpunished – or unreported due to survivors fearing for their safety. In many displacement camps, incidents of gender-based violence – including rape, as well as violent attacks following food distributions – are increasing. UNICEF is supporting preventive initiatives while aiding already affected girls and women. Other UNICEF support in response to the ongoing conflict and drought crisis includes programmes in health, nutrition, education, child protection and psychosocial assistance. 


© UNICEF/NYHQ2012-0712/Kate Holt


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