by Jacqueline Bagwiza Uwizeyimana
Like this article? Check out our event: Canada's Role in the Horn of Africa
Moreover, early marriage is limiting the dreams of hundreds and thousands of girls in the Horn of Africa. Early pregnancies continue to cause many to give birth in horrible conditions, develop fistulas and become ostracised in their communities. As many people are looking for a way to end conflicts, poverty, violation of human rights, corruption, poor leadership, and other problems associated with the Horn of Africa, this article is addressed to all the readers, advocates, researchers, development specialists, and government officials with an interest in the destiny of this region. Despite the lack of resources and support, brave women of the Horn of Africa are investing their energy, passion and dedication to safekeep lives. For instance, a midwife, Edna Adan Ismail created a health center in Somaliland in the region that has never had a hospital before, because it has been in an endless war. This article strives to explain how women’s empowerment can be a new hope for the residents of the Horn of Africa.
However, even though these women are determined to bring safety and encouragement to one another, they still have many limitations. For instance, Hawa Abdi and Deqo Mohamed, “a mother and daughter doctor” living abroad, decided to come back to Somalia in order to help their home country. These women took initiative, settled and organized a community by providing it with a health centre and a school. Their purpose was to rebuild a healthy Somali society without warring clans or political conflicts. However, the needs are twice more than what they have to offer.
There are many motivated women either in the diaspora or within the country who want to make a change in the region of the Horn of Africa, but they still lack the financial and moral support to challenge poor leadership and social norms that oppress women even though they have an audacity to hope for a renewal and change within their home country.
In conclusion, this essay is calling upon all skilled diaspora communities around the world to put their patriotism, efforts, and knowledge together in order to help and support women of the Horn of Africa to bring peace, hope and renewal. As shown above in the examples of Somalia, most innovative ideas about social wellness are brought by women in the diaspora. In addition, the host countries of the people originating from the Horn of Africa should support the many who are motivated to contribute to their home countries.