Somaliland – a breakaway semi-autonomous region of Somalia has introduced a bill outlawing rape, the first piece of legislation to address gender-based violence in the self-declared state.
Under the Somaliland, rape and other related offences bill, all forms of sexual offence would be criminalised, including rape, gang rape, sexual assault, trafficking and child marriage.
And rapists who infect their victims with HIV would receive life sentences. The bill has been agreed in the lower house of parliament, but still needs approval from the upper house.
It is hoped the bill will be signed by the president on the 1st of March.