Questions raised by the crisis in the Muslim Horn of Africa demand answers. What happened to the region's diversity, fascinating cultural dynamics, and tolerance? Three decades of war in places like Somalia and Sudan have lead to the disappearance of state structures, with the instability of the region influencing the Sahel, East and Central Africa, and beyond. The swift spread of militant ideology based on select interpretations of Islam is a reflection of this deepening crisis. Central to it is the unyielding belief in the need to control and demean women and girls and dictate the ways in which they live their lives. This notion is met with both lack of awareness and great bewilderment. The SIHA Journal: Women In Islam glances at the prolonged crisis through the lens of the devastation of women's lives and highlights their resilience and struggle against subjugation under militant Islam. Addressing a broad base of readers, the Journal is rich and accessible, presenting alternative discourses of Islamic interpretations and reflections on women's human rights in the Horn of Africa via a selection of profound writings by prominent Islamic thinkers, activists, and young writers punctuated by poetry, art, and compelling personal narratives by women and men from the region. The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) is a regional network of women's civil society organizations active in the Horn of Africa - including Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Somaliland, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda - since 1995 . SIHA implements capacity building programs to grass roots civil society, provides direct support for women in conflict and post conflict situations, and promotes women's human rights. SIHA's publications are key sources of knowledge and serve as are valuable tools for professionals, activists, human rights defenders, humanitarians, donors, policy makers and the population at large.
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