Edna Adan Ismail

Edna Adan Ismail founded the first charity Maternity
Hospital in Somaliland in 2002. A Registered Nurse/Midwife by
profession since 1961, she helped found Smali Red Crescent Society and
held several positions with the World Health Organization. In 1976, she
become the first women to be appointed Director in the Ministry of
Health in Somalia; served as the Minister of Family Welfare and Social
Development and the only female Cabinet Minister in 2002; and as the
Somaliland Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2003-2006. She is an
activist for human rights and gender issues and, among her many honors,
was receipient of the AMANITARE Award for Africa in 2002.


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