Some stats

Life expectancy is 45 years for women in Somalia (WHO).

6.7 – Number of children born per woman in Somalia. (WHO) The numbers are higher in rural areas, than in urban areas.

27% – Percentage of Somali women who are literate. (UN International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women – 2008.) The illiteracy rate for Somali women is twice as high as the rate for men.

54% – Percentage of Somali women who take part in the labor force. (UN Data – 2008)

6.1% – Percentage of seats held by women in the national parliament of Somalia.  (UN Data – 2009)

About 50% – Approximate percentage of Somali women that suffer from anemia. (Source: FSNAU – 2010)

1 in 14 – Lifetime risk of dying in childbirth. (Source: Unicef – 2008)

9% – Percentage of births by Somali mothers that took place in a health care facility. (Source: Unicef – 2005 – 2009)

32% – Percentage of pregnant Somali women who received ante-natal care. (WHO – 2006)

16% – Percentage of pregnant and lactating Somali women who are either malnourished, or at risk of being malnourished. (FSNAU)

About Maryam Qasim

I am a medical doctor and a humanitarian activist. I have worked as an obstetrician and gynecologist, which is my specialty as well as a University lecturer. I also obtained a Masters in Public Health from Warwick University. During my time in the diaspora, I worked on empowering women and raising the achievements of Somali children. I worked with local schools/authorities as well as presenting at national and international conferences dealing with family matters. I am very active in the Islamic field, giving Islamic lectures at Masjid’s, conferences, universities and summer campings. I served as the minister for Women’s Development and Family Affairs in the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia (2010-2011). I am currently the chair person of Tayo party which is a political party striving for equality and justice.
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One Response to Some stats

  1. Hannah Butt says:

    Dear Dr Qasim,

    I’d like to send you an invitation to write a guest piece for an online journal for which I am Gender & Feminism Editor. If you would be interested in contributing a short think piece, please feel free to drop me a note to hannahbutt@ymail.com. Apologies for contacting you in this informal manner, I have struggled to find your contact details on the internet.

    Many thanks,

    Hannah Butt

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