GBV in Puntland

This project, funded by UNICEF and implemented by GRT, aimed at building a safer future for women and children, and at enhancing a preventive and response mechanism to Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Puntland, Northern Somalia. 



The action's main objective is to provide GBV survivors and children victim of violence with psychosocial support and health-related one as well as support awareness raising campaigns on the GBV and Child Protection (CP) themes. 

Description of Activities:


In order to achieve the above-mentioned results, GRT has been documenting and solving the reported SGBV cases through psychosocial, legal and medical support as well as having carefully followed the work of 3 different focal points (in Bosaso, Garowe and Galkayo).

Moreover, GRT staff have made sure that all beneficiaries received proper emotional support from trained counselors and that dialogue with elders and religious leaders was installed in order to solve disputes and conflict. 

As well as this, children victim of violence, migrants children and IDPs ones have been provided with recreational activities and programs to enhance their quality of life. 



This project identified as main beneficiaries the survivors of Gender-Based Violence and children victims of violence in Bosaso, Garowe and Galkayo, in the Puntland region. 



As a result of the implementation of this project 400 Gender-Based Violence survivors and 100 children victims of violence have benefit from psycho-social support services on the basis of their specific needs and have received timely medical care.

Community awareness campaigns on the importance to prevent and mitigate GBV and CP issues have also been implemented throughout the period of the project and the officers of the Ministry of Women Development and Family Affairs (MOWDAFA) have been trained in order to apply criterias for identification, referral and monitoring of GBV cases.




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Gender-Based Violence


In fighting for a free and fair world, GRT is willing to fight every kind of violence, particularly gender-based violence (GBV). 

Unfortunately GBV is widespread across the whole world and it represents one of the most recurring and difficult problem to solve, with particular regards to those societies where women have always played secondary roles, like the Somali one. 



In South-Central Somalia, Somaliland and Puntland decades of civil conflict and socio-political instability have affected the mental wellbeing of communities and depleted the social-cultural support pillars of the community when it comes to coping with stressful situations. As a consequence, cases of mental break-down and psychological devastation amongst Somali communities continue to reach unprecedented levels with the prevalence of mental illness in the whole Somalia currently estimated as being one of the highest in the world.

Traditionally, mental health has been a stigmatized condition with the mentally ill people being discriminated and socially isolated. This demonstrates a practiced culture of maximum containment and hostility, with chaining of mental health patients.

Despite this worrying situation, mental health continues to remain a neglected sector across Somalia. Mental health issues are less prioritized by local authorities and investment by the humanitarian community remains incredibly low, which in turn, leaves the existing local organizations poorly capacitated to effectively offer any meaningful solution. This situation creates a condition where the burdens of people with mental health disabilities are left to their immediate relatives and to the traditional/faith-based Mental Health healers.

In such a context, GRT carried out different projects aiming at helping mentally ill people and their families, as well as at providing them with better mental health centres and institutions.