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Somali Disability Empowerment Network SODEN has had a fruitful meeting with the Newly Established National Disability Agency.

Today, on 5th January 2022, the Somali Disability Empowerment Network SODEN has had a fruitful meeting with the National Disability Agency NDA in Mogadishu on Somali disability rights. The purpose of today’s meeting was to build a collaborative mechanism and commitment among Organizations for Persons with Disability OPDs and the National Disability agency NDA through

Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) are Very Much Saddened About the Exclusion of PWDs from the Current Ongoing Political Process in Somalia

MOGADISHU: Historically, persons with disabilities (PWDs) in Somalia have rarely participated in elections either as candidates or voters due to prevailing cultural stigmatization against PWDs, the absence of political will to recognize PWDs’ participation to the political process and a lack of awareness on their rights to participate in the electoral process. Somali Provisional Constitution


Somalia Disability Empowerment Network (SODEN) is one of the most activist local organization that advocates the Rights for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in Somalia. SODEN provides services to PWDs on behalf of advocacy. One of the major activities SODEN provides to PWDs includes raising awareness on discrimination against PWDs, empowering them through capacity building, and

SODEN Statement on World Sight Day Thursday 8 October 2020

On Thursday 8 October 2020, Somali Disability Empowerment Network (SODEN) joins the rest of the world in celebration of World Sight Day. World Sight Day is the main advocacy event for raising awareness about blindness and vision impairment – The Right to Sight – and is observed annually on the second Thursday of October. This


Following the parliamentarian approvals of the National Disability Agency bill in November and December 2018, the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, H.E. Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo signed into the bill on the establishment of Somalia’s National Disability Agency at the presidential signing ceremony on 31st December 2018. These serve as key milestones for persons

SODEN Strongly Condemns the Brutal Killing of the Chairperson of Disabled Groups of Southwest State of Somalia

PRESS RELEASE: MOGADISHU: Somali Disability Empowerment Network (SODEN) is deeply saddened about the brutal killing of the Chairperson of the disability groups in Baidoa, Mr. Sharif Mukhtar who was a wheelchair user. Mr. Mukhtar has been a very key prominent human rights activist who actively advocated for the rights of people with disabilities in the

SOMALIA: COVID-19 and How its Affecting People with Disabilities.

MOGADISHU: In Somalia, in the absence of reliable census data, persons with disabilities are estimated to be at least 15% of the population. The majority are among the poorest part and most vulnerable groups of the population. Persons with disabilities face various physical, attitudinal and institutional barriers to access food, healthcare services, education, and protection

An important meeting between Somalia Disability Empowerment Network (SODEN) and DFID social development adviser was taking place in United Kingdom Embassy in Mogadishu –Somalia.

Mogadishu 25/2/2020: Today Chairman of the Somali Disability Empowerment Network (SODEN) Mr. Mohamed Ali Farah took fruitful meetings with UK DFID Social Development adviser in Somalia, Mr. Leo Thomas, in his office in United Kingdom embassy in Mogadishu Somalia. Mr. Leo Thomas had given SODEN chairman a warm welcome in the embassy and they were

SODEN conducted two days’ workshop of understanding CRPD supported by Abilis foundation Finland.

Somali Disability Empowerment Network (SODEN) has organized two days fruitfully kick off workshop held in Hotel Afrik Mogadishu-Somalia the purpose was to promote rights of Somali disability awareness and understanding of UN-convention on rights of persons with disability (UN-CRPD) which SODEN translated into Somali language in order to comprehend entire participants deeply by the convention.  

SODEN strongly condemns the discriminative and exclusion remarks of the Custodial Corps Official, Gen. Mahad Abdirahman Aden during his address to custodial cop’s forces.

Prerss Release: MOGADISHU (11/11/2019) In recent years, Somali Disability Empowerment Network (SODEN) in partnership with development partners and with the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS), Federal Member States (FMSs) and Banaadir Regional Administration (BRA) has been leading a revolutionary change in approaching persons with disabilities, nationally, to close the protection gap and ensure that persons

More than 300,000 residents including people with disabilities have been displaced due to severe flooding across Baledweyne in October.

MOGADISHU 7/11/2019: More than 300,000 residents including people with disabilities have been displaced due to severe flooding across Baledweyne in October, according to local and international media on Friday. The massive majority of those displaced people by flooding are in the Baladweyne area due to the flooding of the Shebelle river. People with disabilities in

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