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.
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.”