Half the Sky Movement: Nicholas Kristof on Somaliland





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Published on May 11, 2012

Nicholas Kristof discusses some of the positive progress in Somaliland and Edna Adan as a role model for young women. Formerly the first lady of Somaliland, Edna Adan founded the Edna Adan Hospital in Margeisa, Somaliland after working for the World Health Organization. She is an inspiring advocate for women and girls, and her maternity hospital is a place of healing and care for Somaliland's women. She is now training and dispatching 1,000 qualified midwives throughout the country.

Edna Adan Hospital: http://www.ednahospital.org/


"I came here when I was writing Half the Sky, to interview Edna and to see her work, and you can see that Somaliland is now making a certain amount of progress. There's real economic growth here, there are more kids going to school (including more girls going to school), there are more midwives in rural areas, and there are more trained midwives, and a lot of that is Edna. It's not that she's the only one, but she is certainly a major force for change here, and I think she's also an extraordinary role model. One of the problems in very traditional male-oriented societies is that there's nobody for girls to look up to. All of the people in power are men, and Edna, because she has done everything and is singlehandedly doing everything, is a role model for a lot of these young women, and a reminder that they can actually have a real imprint on their societies."

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