Somali Woman, Safiyo Jama Gayre, 60, Graduated from Law School in Somalia #Inspiring

GAROWE (HOL) – 60 year-old Safiyo Jama Gayre has graduated from Puntland State University in Somalia – making history as the institution’s oldest female graduate.

She told the BBC Somali Service she went to study law – and Sharia – in order to help victims of rape and other issues affecting women.

Safiyo Jama Gayre graduated from Puntland State University with a law degree at the age of 60.

In divorce settlements, it is usually the man who gets everything – but she says her studies showed that this was wrong. I found no place in our religion to hurt or harm women – therefore this culture must end.”

She joked that she was the butt of friendly jokes from her younger classmates during her four-year program, who affectionately referred to her as “grandma”.

Just as witty, Safiyo retorted “But, guess what, I was the first student to submit my thesis.”

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

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