Fartuun Adan

Fartuun Adan

Fartuun Adan is a Somalian activist and educator. She is the Executive Director of the Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre, Somalia’s leading organization on peace-building, development, women’s empowerment, and the rehabilitation of child soldiers. In 1996, Somali warlords assassinated her husband for his and Adan’s peacemaking efforts. Adan and her three daughters fled to Canada, but she returned to Somalia in 2007 at the height of conflict in Mogadishu to continue the work that she and her late husband had begun. To date, the center has served hundreds of Somali women and girls, offering counseling and medical services, business start-up kits and funds, entrepreneurial skills training, and relocation to safe havens. For her efforts, Adan has been awarded the International Women of Courage Award from the U.S. Department of State, the Gleitsman International Activist Award from Harvard University, and the Right the Wrong Award from Oxfam America.