Wednesday June 22, 2022
To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual
Violence in Conflict, 30 survivors of sexual violence completed business skills
training to improve their lives under a UN-supported initiative.
The survivors underwent three months of training in
tailoring and clothes dyeing and received starter kits with clothing and dyes
to create income-generating businesses.
In a statement marking the Day, the UN Secretary-General’s
Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, urged authorities to strengthen
legal and social protection mechanisms for survivors of sexual violence. “It is
through economic empowerment that survivors will be able to sustain themselves
and their families, and eradicate the stigma associated with enduring such
violence,” noted Mr. Swan.