60 year old Somali law graduate makes history

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Safiyo Jama Gayre

Sixty-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.

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 said that at first she was the butt of friendly jokes from her younger classmates during her four-year course, who fondly called her “grandma”.

But, guess what, I was the first student to submit my thesis.”

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