We are so proud and happy to announce that the 2012 Nansen Award winner is 63-year-old former Somali refugee Hawa Aden! She heads the Galkayo Education Centre for Peace and Development (GECPD) in Puntland, north-eastern Somalia,
The centre she founded and continues to manage provides secondary education as well as vocational training, so that women and girls can make a living on their own, and themselves influence their future and their own role in Somali society.
UNHCR social envoy Angelina Jolie congratulated her saying “Hawa Aden Mohamed is a woman of courage. She has devoted her life to advancing the education and well-being of Somali displaced women and girls, providing them with the skills, knowledge and vision they need to create a better future for their families and their country.”
Since its establishment in 1999, the GECPD with Mama Hawa at its helm has assisted more than 215,000 people - displaced, victims and survivors of violence - to recover and heal and restart their lives.
Congrats Mama Hawa! You truly deserve it!!