Fadumo Dayib’s story of determination, courage and triumph in the face of adversity has inspired thousands.
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As a teenager with less than 5 years of education, Fadumo persuaded her way onto one of the last planes leaving Mogadishu, Somalia when civil war erupted in the early 1990’s. She led her siblings to settle in Finland.
In 2014, she declared her ambitions to run for the Presidency of Somalia in the country’s first democratically-held election since 1967. Her survival as a woman who has endured displacement, genital mutilation and poverty gives her the confidence to pursue her vision of a peaceful and prosperous Somalia.
Fadumo has been a pioneer of human rights activism in Africa with over 12 years of experience as a healthcare practitioner focused on public health and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. She has extensive development experience within the United Nations and the Finnish public sector on issues of democracy, reproductive health, and the rights of women and girls.
She is a 2015 Mason Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University where she received her Masters in Public Administration, and a PhD fellow at the University of Helsinki researching Women, Peace, and Security Issues in the Horn of Africa. She is a 2013 recipient of the prestigious Kone Foundation Scholarship, and was awarded Feminist of the Year by the Feminist Association Union in 2014.
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