Why Edna Adan Deserve the Nobel Peace Prize

by Guiled from Hargiesa

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Edna Adan Ismail is the director and founder of the Edna Adan Maternity Hospital in Hargeisa, Somaliland and a courageous activist and pioneer in the struggle to end female circumcision. Born in Hargeisa, Edna was trained as a nurse in the United Kingdom and practiced as a midwife for many years. From 1987 to 1991, she was the World Health Organization's (WHO) Regional Technical Officer for Mother and Child Health. Her main responsibilities centered on issues relating to harmful traditional practices which affect the health of women and children. Ismail was also the WHO representative in Djibouti between 1991 and 1997. Additionally, Ismail has held many prestigious government posts, including foreign minister of the autonomous Somaliland region in northwest Somalia from 2003 until 2006. She is served as president of the Organization for Victims of Torture and president of Somaliland Family Health Association, as well as a member of the Presidential Commission on Higher Education in Somaliland. Ismail was formerly married to Mohamed Haji Ibrahim Egal, a prominent political leader who headed the government in British Somaliland prior to the union of Somaliland and Somalia and later served as prime minister of Somalia (1967-1969). After Somaliland separated from Somalia, Mohamed Ibrahim Egal returned to become president of Somaliland (1993-2002). Currently, Edna runs the Edna Adan Ismail Maternity Hospital, whose mission is to improve the health of Somaliland citizens


Edna has received numerous awards amongst which are: - Honorary Doctoral Degree from Clark University in Massachusetts, USA, (2002), - Honorary Fellow, Cardiff University School of Nursing (2008), - Chancellor's Gold Medal for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa, 2010 - Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from Ahfad University for women in the Sudan 2013 - Honorary Doctor of Science Degree, University of Pennsylvania, USA, May 2014 - Inaugural recipient of the Renfield Award for Global Health, University of Pennsylvania, USA, - Knighted by President Sarkozy 'Chevalier dans l'ordre Nationale de la Legion d'Honneur' of France (2010. - Entered to Medical Mission Hall of Fame, University of Ohio, USA, 2007 - Entered to Hall of Fame, Women in Emergency Situation, Florida, 2013 - December 2013, was named among the 100 most Influential people in Africa. - Between 2002 and 2003, she became the first and only woman Minister in the Government of Somaliland and served as Minister of Social Affairs.

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