Edna was invited by Somaliland First Lady Amina Weris to serve on the country’s delegation for the first Girl Summit in London on July 22, 2014.
The event, co-hosted by the UK Government and UNICEF, was aimed at mobilizing domestic and international efforts to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and child, early, and forced marriage (CEFM) within a generation.
First Lady Weris stated that the government of Somaliland, one of the leading 30 countries in the practice of FGM, is fully committed to achieving the end of FGM and forced marriages through concerted effort.
As a mother, midwife, and former student of Edna’s, First Lady Weris is a valuable ally in the fight against FGM.
As of today, over 11,000 people have pledged to join in the Girl Summit movement to end FGM and Forced marriages and nearly 1 Billion people have been reached via Social Media.
Edna Adan Ismail is honored to have been awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Pennsylvania at UPenn’s 258th commencement ceremony and she has been named the inaugural recipient of the Renfield Foundation Award for Global Women’s Health from UPenn’s Nursing School which includes a grant in the amount of $100,000 in support of her work to improve healthcare for women in the Horn of Africa.
The Renfield Award recognizes demonstrated leaders whose work has had significant impact in improving the lives and health of women and comes at the conclusion of the Healthy Cities: Healthy Women Conference Series which aims to promote discussions about re-envisioning our communities to make them universally safer, healthier and more livable.
Penn Nursing Dean Afaf Meleis – herself a trailblazer in global women’s health issues – presented the award to Edna who went on to describe to those assembled the devastation in Somaliland following the brutal civil war which left some 95% of homes, hospitals, and schools in ruins.