Headline, May 11 2019/ ''' SOMALILAND -SPINNING- SOMERSAULT '''



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THE MARATHON began two years ago as a fund-raiser for education in Somaliland, which declared independence from Somalia in 1991, setting up its own parliament, currency and flag. The breakaway region, in the north west of Somalia, is not recognized internationally.

But in contrast to areas in the south, which are plagued by clan infighting and terrorism, Somaliland is an oasis - attracting tourists, hosting a prominent literary festival, and even enticing multinational like Coca-Cola.

The running events are part of this cultural and commercial outreach, with athletes from all over the world participating. This year, runners from 16 nations came to Hargesia, the region's capital to take part.

''RUN AND BEAT the boys with the skinny legs,'' urged a woman decked in a brown jilbab, a traditional, loosefitting robe, as a different robe, as a different pair of women sprinted past. All the female runners were dressed in line with the Muslim practice in the region.

STUDENT Hanna Mukhtar - 17 - RUNS EACH MORNING at dawn on the outskirts of Hargeisa, usually with her friends.

There are barely any sidewalks, let alone running tracks. But by leaving the city proper, they avoid the traffic that clogs its sandy roads, while donkey carts and S.U.V. jostle for space.

Goats and sheep wander aimlessly and the city's minarets and colorful corrugated roofs appear in the distance. Here, the young female students and women don't have to withstand the taunts from men and some women who disapprove.

With one million people, Hargeisa has grown over the past few years. Shopping centers, apartments and hotels have sprung up. New restaurants, serving camel steak, and sweet and creamy tea, have opened, along with cultural centers offering live music and laughter.

The city's center bustle with activity, as traders sell spices and frankincense next to vendors with textiles imported from China. Money changers with wads of cash sit under the billboards advertising telecom companies promising cheap data and international call rates.

Asma Dhamac, a psychologist and mental health advocate, also likes to run with friends outside the city in the early hours of the day, taking advantage of the cooler morning air.

Even amid the acacia trees and on the quiet roads, she said, they still sometimes encounter people who chide them.
''They will say : ''Women are not allowed to run or wear trousers. You will become barren,'' - said Ms. Dhamac, who competed in the 10-kilometer race this year. 

The running events are part of the cultural and commercial-outreach, with athletes from all over the world participating. This year, runners from all nations came to Hargeisa, the region's capital to take part.

EACH YEAR - MORE AND MORE SOMALI FEMALE STUDENTS have been competing, though only the 10-kilometer event, and the increased participation reflects how life is changing, albeit slowly for women here.

In Somaliland''s male dominated societies government, business and the news media are still almost all exclusive preserve of men.

Women are twice as likely as men to be unemployed and less likely to reach higher levels of education, and they face persistent obstacles to winning elections, according to a study published last year.

Still, in recent years, there have been hints of change, with women becoming doctors, entrepreneurs, teachers and human-rights activists.

Women in Hargeisa who are interested in sports are finding other outlets besides the marathon. One is the Lions Women's Football Initiative - an informal soccer league that also offers training for women in self-defense and running, along with workout and nutrition guidance.

Just a few months after the league started in 2016, dozens of young women came to train and run at a private field rented by its founders, Asma Saed and Savannah Simons, who both work for the marathon.

That, Ms. Simons said, showed ''a genuine need for for sporting participation.''

Other spaces dedicated to women's swimming, yoga, basketball and taekwondo have also sprung up in the past two years in Hargesia. And many young women are also forming groups and exercising before going to work or after they leave university, said Marwa Mawilid, a soccer coach at the Ubah Inspire and Fitness Cener.

While the center was established in 2017, ''people thought we were crazy'' Ms. Mawlind said.
''They would ask, 'Why do you need to be fit? Why do you need to run? Are you men?' '' she said. ''Many people don't understand that a healthy mind is in a healthy body.''

Many said it will take some time before a full cultural shift supporting women who run takes root. But Ms. Mukhtar, the 17-year- old runner, isn't waiting. Next year, she's aiming to become the first Somali woman to compete in and finish the marathon itself.

And her ambitions after that : ''I want to run for my country,'' she said. ''I want to compete on the global stage.''

The Honor and Serving of the Latest Global Operational Research on Africa and Nations, continues. The World Students Society thanks author, Abdi Latif Dahir.

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