Peace Direct is delighted to congratulate Asha on being awarded the Clinton Global Citizen Award. The award, now in its 3rd year, recognizes remarkable individuals for their leadership in improving the lives of people around the globe. Asha was selected for her leadership in civil society, and commended for her work as below:
Asha Hagi Elmi Amin, Chairperson, Save Somali Women and Children
Leadership in Civil Society
Asha Hagi Elmi Amin is co-founder and chairperson of Save Somali Women and Children (SSWC) and a member of the Transitional Federal Government in Somalia. Amin has been deeply involved in the struggle for peace and reconciliation in her war-ravaged country and has worked tirelessly to carve out a role for women in public life. Somali women were sidelined from any peace talks until the “Sixth Clan” was formed by SSWC and other women in 2000. Through the historic Sixth Clan, these daring women convinced the five male-dominated clans to accept a new role for women around the negotiating table. This became the first time that women were represented in a peace process in Somalia, and Amin has participated in talks ever since. Amin was a 2005 Women and Public Policy Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a 2008 winner of the Right Livelihood Award.
Peace Direct has been providing funding to Asha since 2006, helping to cover the running costs of her office, so that she can pursue the goal of peace in Somalia.