Raqiya Yusuf Ibrahim
Occupational Position: Human Rights lawyer and activist, member of the Somaliland National Human Rights Commission. Until recently Co-Founder & CEO of Somaliland Women's Lawyers Association
Raqiya Yusuf is director of Complaints and Legal Service of Somaliland National Human Rights Commission. She was one of the very first women to qualify as a lawyer in her country. Against all negative advice from the elders, she set up a Somaliland Women Lawyer Association ("SWAL"), which is a female lawyer association gathering women legal professionals dedicated to protect and improve women and children's human rights. SWAL now counts over 100 members and employs over 30 women, it also receives funding from UNDP, UNODC, UNFPA Last year SWAL brought over thousand cases to court. Raqiya has dedicated all her professional life improving women and children's rights.
She runs regular human rights workshops informing female citizens and lobbying for better laws at parliament (e.g. she has recently introduced a bill criminalizing marital rape). Raqiya also regularly advises international NGOs on human rights.
She obtained an LLB law degree in Somaliland (Hargeisa University), management (Hargeisa College) and accounting (computerized School) as well as an English certificate from the Iqra institute. She has worked as a lawyer in both the Regional court and District court of the Somaliland region. She has worked for the police force undertaking investigations on the women and child desk.
She obtained an LLB law degree in Somaliland (Hargeisa University), management (Hargeisa College) and accounting (computerized School) as well as an English certificate from the Iqra institute.
2016 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow