Ruqiya Yusuf, Director of SWLA, Hargeisa

In 2013, only 17 per cent of reported rapes in Hargeisa resulted in a conviction, and many more are not reported in the first place. 26-year old Ruqiya Yusuf, the Executive Director of Somaliland Women's Lawyers Association, advocates for better access to justice for vulnerable women in Somaliland. "People often ask 'Why do you work as a lawyer. That job is not good for a woman'. I tell them 'If you knew your rights, you wouldn't be asking that question,' Ruqiya says.