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International Women’s Day 2021

Happy International Women’s Day! ATM is pleased to be celebrating this year’s International Women’s Day with a virtual event with women from all around the world, chaired by our director Bishara Mohamud. This year the theme for International Women’s Day is ‘Choosing to Challenge’ and this year the Anti-Tribalism Movement has chosen to challenge our cultural norms. Our virtual event brought together International Legal Practitioner Maryan Hassan; Humanitarian Expert Nasra Ismail; Academic and Film Maker Dr. Hodan Osman; Art and Cultural Heritage Professional and Founder of the Somali Arts Foundation Sagal Ali.

The highlight of the event was a deep dive discussion into the historical challenges that cultural practices have inflicted on women and girls. Beyond this, our open Q&A allowed audience members to share insights and hopes for future pathways embracing the theme of ‘‘Choosing to Challenge’. If you would like to watch the full event, click here.

The highlight of the event was a deep dive discussion into the historical challenges that cultural practices have inflicted on women and girls. Beyond this, our open Q&A allowed audience members to share insights and hopes for future pathways embracing the theme of “Choosing to Challenge”. If you would like to watch the full event, click here.

There are many norms in our culture that work to exclude others and reinforce prejudice. One cultural norm that we at ATM have chosen to dissect is buraanbur. Buraanbur is exclusively for women and contributes greatly to Somali culture – hence why it is important to promote buraanbur that celebrates peace and other meaningful, positive aspects of life rather than tribalism.

We have worked with researchers to produce a buraanbur report which we published for International Women’s Day 2021. The report explores the art-form of buraanbur and its influence on culture and history. The report situates buraanbur in a plethora of literature and celebrates the impact it has had on Somali women’s rights and sense of cultural identity. The findings presented in the report have been organised into three themes: Ancestry & History, Society and Politics, Religion and Prayers. This research highlights the detrimental effects that buraanbur can have if not composed mindfully (e.g. actively reinforcing prejudice and fuelling tribal tensions).

We provide recommendations for steering the focus of buraanbur away from tribalism and towards other meaningful topics such as addressing global issues, celebrating the positive aspects of our culture and moving towards a more progressive and inclusive style of buraanbur.

 

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