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Edna Adan

Former First Lady of Somaliland & Women’s Rights Advocate

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Edna Adan Biography

Edna Adan is the director and founder of the Edna Adan Maternity Hospital in Hargeisa, Somaliland. An activist and pioneer in the struggle for the abolition of female circumcision, she is also the president of the Organization for Victims of Torture. She previously served as Foreign Minister and First Lady of Somaliland.

The daughter of a well-known Somali medical doctor, Adan was born in Hargeisa. When she was 15, a girls' school opened in Somaliland. She went to work there as a student-teacher and received private lessons. She was permitted to sit for exams, in a room separate from the boys, and was the first Somali girl awarded one of a few coveted scholarships to study in Britain. Adan spent seven years there, studying nursing, midwifery, and hospital management. When she returned home to Somaliland, she became the first qualified nurse-midwife in the country and the first Somali woman to drive a car.

Adan began her dream of building a hospital in Somalia in the mid 1980s, but was forced to leave the country when the Somali Civil War began. She was then recruited to join the World Health Organization (WHO), where she held various key positions advocating for the abolition of harmful traditional practices, such as female genital cutting. She was also responsible for the training of midwives and traditional birth attendants in the 22 countries of the Eastern Mediterranean region of WHO. She was the representative of WHO in Djibouti from 1991-1997.

Upon returning to Somaliland, Adan sold all of her possessions to pursue her dream of opening her own hospital. The only location available in Hargeisa for the hospital had been used as a trash dump since the civil war. The project faced difficulty yet again when funds ran out and the hospital still did not have a roof. With the help of donors and merchants, the hospital officially opened on March 9, 2002. Adan’s hospital currently has a mortality rate one quarter of the national average and she is working to bring medical care to all of Somaliland.

Adan was added to the Medical Mission Hall of Fame at the University of Toledo. She holds an honorary doctoral degree from Clark University in Massachusetts and was made honorary fellow of Cardiff University School of Nursing in Wales. She is featured in the acclaimed PBS documentary Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, inspired by the book of the same name by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.

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Former First Lady of Somaliland & Women’s Rights Advocate

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Edna Adan Biography

Edna Adan is the director and founder of the Edna Adan Maternity Hospital in Hargeisa, Somaliland. An activist and pioneer in the struggle for the abolition of female circumcision, she is also the president of the Organization for Victims of Torture. She previously served as Foreign Minister and First Lady of Somaliland.

The daughter of a well-known Somali medical doctor, Adan was born in Hargeisa. When she was 15, a girls' school opened in Somaliland. She went to work there as a student-teacher and received private lessons. She was permitted to sit for exams, in a room separate from the boys, and was the first Somali girl awarded one of a few coveted scholarships to study in Britain. Adan spent seven years there, studying nursing, midwifery, and hospital management. When she returned home to Somaliland, she became the first qualified nurse-midwife in the country and the first Somali woman to drive a car.

Adan began her dream of building a hospital in Somalia in the mid 1980s, but was forced to leave the country when the Somali Civil War began. She was then recruited to join the World Health Organization (WHO), where she held various key positions advocating for the abolition of harmful traditional practices, such as female genital cutting. She was also responsible for the training of midwives and traditional birth attendants in the 22 countries of the Eastern Mediterranean region of WHO. She was the representative of WHO in Djibouti from 1991-1997.

Upon returning to Somaliland, Adan sold all of her possessions to pursue her dream of opening her own hospital. The only location available in Hargeisa for the hospital had been used as a trash dump since the civil war. The project faced difficulty yet again when funds ran out and the hospital still did not have a roof. With the help of donors and merchants, the hospital officially opened on March 9, 2002. Adan’s hospital currently has a mortality rate one quarter of the national average and she is working to bring medical care to all of Somaliland.

Adan was added to the Medical Mission Hall of Fame at the University of Toledo. She holds an honorary doctoral degree from Clark University in Massachusetts and was made honorary fellow of Cardiff University School of Nursing in Wales. She is featured in the acclaimed PBS documentary Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, inspired by the book of the same name by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.

Edna Adan Speaking Topics

  • Women’s Rights

Edna Adan Videos

  • A Woman Of Firsts by Edna Adan Ismail
  • Edna Adan: In Somaliland, "Education for girls was unacceptable"
    Edna Adan, founder and director of the Edna Adan Hospital & University, told the 2019 Women in the World Summit that gender equality in Somaliland is...
  • Somaliland's Dr. Edna Adan Ismail on statehood, healthcare
    In this edition: Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari confirms he's seeking a second term in office, ending months of speculation about his future...

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  • How to book Edna Adan?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Edna Adan for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Edna Adan, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Edna Adan or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Edna Adan?

    Booking fees for Edna Adan, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Edna Adan, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Edna Adan?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Edna Adan for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Edna Adan for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Edna Adan or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Edna Adan or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Edna Adan is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Women’s Rights. The estimated speaking fee range to book Edna Adan for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Edna Adan generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Sandra Fluke, Kristie Kennedy, Shannon Miller, Vicki Lawrence and Nancy Northup. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Edna Adan for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Edna Adan Speaking Topics

  • Women’s Rights

Edna Adan Speaker Videos

  • A Woman Of Firsts by Edna Adan Ismail
    Edna Adan: In Somaliland, "Education for girls was unacceptable"
    Edna Adan, founder and director of the Edna Adan Hospital & University, told the 2019 Women in the World Summit that gender equality in Somaliland is advancing rapidlty -- to the point that 70...
  • Somaliland's Dr. Edna Adan Ismail on statehood, healthcare
    In this edition: Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari confirms he's seeking a second term in office, ending months of speculation about his future after bouts of ill health. Also, Dr. Edna Adan...

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