Health care is conventionally regarded as an important determinant in promoting the general physical and mental health and well-being of people. Health Care Services provides access and oversight to the full range of appropriate health care services to all eligible people in need.

GBV is highly prevalent and multifaceted problem, which hinders women and girls’ personal development and active participation in the public arena and hugely contributes to the low status of women in society. Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is widespread in Somalia. Despite uncertain statistics and data about the scope of the violence, the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS), the local authorities in Somaliland and Puntland, and the international community all agree that GBV exists at unacceptable levels and must be curbed.[1]

NoFYL proposes multi-sector inter agency approach to countering Gender Based Violence. The proposed approach ensures both ‘vertical’ and ‘horizontal’ penetration.

A vertical penetration is guaranteed by having on board the local authority which oversees the administrative duties and is the custodian of development within Mogadishu. NoFYL has already established a strong working relationship with the local authorities which have resulted in the handover of the former MSF hospital for management by NoFYL. This project aims at strengthening the existing relationship and building the capacity of the department to better address the drivers of violence Mogadishu. The close collaboration also ensures that NoFYL is strategically placed to influence both the development agenda and the strategic issues relating to GBV within Mogadishu.

Horizontal penetration on the other hand is guaranteed through partnership with CSOs, NGOs and private sector organisations in order to ensure a wider coverage and community outreach. NoFYL already co-chairs the Mogadishu GBV working with UNFPA as chair and is currently coordinating efforts to develop a multi-sectoral inter agency prevention and response mechanisms to GBV. In its capacity, NoFYL acts as the focal point in coordinating information exchange with all working group members, supporting efforts to strengthen the capacity of civil societies and promoting close collaborations among different agencies. NoFYL aim to build on the existing partnerships and align them based on the findings of the assessment survey to ensure efficient and effective response.

[1] Somalia gender-based violence working group: 2014–2016 strategy

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