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 Colour at Women's Day celebration in Hargeisa


When Sherehan Abdullah, a refugee from Yemen, thought of giving something back to refugee women from Ethiopia and Yemen, and Somali women in Hargesia, the idea of holding a celebration came to mind. She wanted a day where she would support them to feel special to be women, despite their circumstances. 


After days of preparation, a colourful event was held at the Peaceful Co-Existence Centre (PCC), matching global activities to mark the day on 8th March. This was the first time that such an event is held at the PCC. The day’s theme was “Women in a Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”, crafted to be inclusive for all partners, including UNHCR’s goal of supporting women’s right to decent work.


Products made by women were show cased, and punctuated by traditional dances from Yemeni and Ethiopian refugees, amid speeches and poems 


AAH Womens Day Hargeisa March 2017

Women at the event received red roses to symbolize the pride of being a woman


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Refugees from Ethiopia showcase a traditional dance


AAH Womens Day Hargeisa March 2017


AAH work in Somaliland strives to ensure that women of concern have access to safe, dignified and empowering work. At least 400 women have been given support in livelihood programmes. 

Inspiring story ahead of the World Refugee day.