60-year-old Somali woman graduates university with a law degree

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 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.