Galkayo Education Center for Peace and Development (the Galkayo Center)
You can help
DDA partners with the Galkayo Center to support women and girls in Somalia.
To empower women through education, and promote and strengthen women’s capacity to seek, defend, and advocate for their fundamental rights in all spheres of life.
Hawa Aden Mohamed
"With your help we can increase awareness on the negative health consequences and human rights violations of female genital mutilation. We are grateful for your support, which we need to continue the fight against FGM in Somalia."
The mission is to eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM) which is widespread in Somalia, but to do this, the Galkayo Center works on many fronts: improving educational opportunities for girls, tackling adult illiteracy, increasing employment possibilities for women, conflict resolution and environmental protection.
When the Galkayo Center began in 1999, Hawa Aden Mohamed and her co-founders were in danger. Men feared they were encouraging women to desert them; they stoned the building and threatened activists for opposing FGM and early marriage. Today the communities the Galkayo Center serves acknowledge the FGM program and praise its work.
As Hawa Aden Mohamed says: “If you are illiterate, you can’t question. In Somalia there are still places where they haven’t heard that FGM is not right. It will take time. But one day there will be no FGM.”
If you would like to help Hawa, here’s how your donation could benefit her work:
$150 would pay for one teacher for one month to provide education to 1000 girls enrolled in the Galkayo Center’s program on the health risks and human rights violations of FGM
$250 would pay for 50 girls’ tertiary education scholarships to enable girls who are being mentored by the Galkayo Center to become anti-FGM advocates in local institutions of higher learning
$400 would pay the salary of one social worker for one month to provide psycho-social counseling to girls and women suffering trauma and other complications as a result of FGM and to support them during the referral system for medical assistance
$500 would pay for one activity reaching 1000 young people in schools and universities to educate them on the health risks and human rights violations of FGM and enable them to reach other young people through conventional means and social media
$2,000 would create income generation opportunities for 10 women to turn their small businesses into viable ventures. It would enable former FGM practitioners and other women working with the Galkayo Center to establish alternative sources of livelihood and continue working to educate communities on the health risks and human rights violations of FGM
$20,000 would buy a used four wheel drive vehicle to enable the Galkayo Center social workers and community educators to reach remote nomadic areas
How the Galkayo Center works:
The Galkayo Center provides free education for more than 800 poor, orphaned, and displaced girls in primary school and for 1,600 girls over age 13 in “non-formal” education. The Center offers literacy programs for 2000 adult women, and supports 60 more in female teacher training, because many parents are more willing for daughters to attend schools with female teachers.
As a result of the Galkayo Center’s work, girls’ enrollment in northeast Somalia has increased to 40%, the highest girls’ enrollment rate in the country. Nationally, only 24.6% of girls attend school.
More than 20 women’s organizations rely on the Galkayo Center’s other services; it serves more than 500 women and children in towns and villages with medical care, vocational income-generating training, support for orphans, and support for the sole public school for girls in the area.
The Galkayo Center is an environmentally friendly education and resource center for women and youth – an education program for 250 boys ensures that they understand gender equity – and a focal point for women’s organizations, female teachers and businesswomen.
Hawa Aden Mohamed has received numerous awards, including The Ginetta Sagan Award from Amnesty International.
For a more in-depth look at the work of the Galkayo Center watch the video excerpted from the Equality Now film Africa Rising.