Barwaaqo’s success is crucial for Somali girls’ hope for a better tomorrow.
Somalia and Somaliland are located in the “Horn of Africa” in the easternmost peninsula of Northeast Africa. In May 1991, after a brutal civil war, the Republic of Somaliland declared its independence from Somalia. Somaliland has made great strides, including establishing a stable government with peaceful elections, but it remains unrecognized internationally and still faces significant challenges in infrastructure development, unemployment and opportunities for women.
While overall unemployment is over 75% in Somaliland, female youth unemployment is a staggering 83% and less than 10% of all teachers are female. Somali girls desperately need more positive female role models and educational opportunities that prepare them for careers that can fulfill their dreams and make a true difference to society.