Fartuun Adan

Somali women's rights advocates

Fartuun Adan is a Somali 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. Following the assassination of her husband in 1996, she fled the country to Canada, but returned in 2007 to continue the work she had begun with him. The centre offers counseling and medical services, entrepreneurial training, and relocation to safe havens, among other resources. Adan has been awarded various prizes, such as the U.S. Department of State International Women of Courage Award and the Gleitsman International Activist Award from Harvard University.