Monday, January 17, 2011

Glamour Woman of the Year

Glamour Magazine honored as a woman of the year Dr. Hawa Abdi, a Somali ob-gyn who  protects women and children by running a camp that gives them food and shelter.

The camp grew up around her clinic and hospital. The camp now houses an estimated 90,000 displaced persons. Dr. Abdi also developed a school, teaches literacy and health classes, and opened a jail for men who beat their wives.

Dr. Abdi has even confronted armed militias in order to protect the women and children in her care. Her opponents in the Party of Islam believe that it is inappropriate for women to be community leaders. But Abdi stood up to the militia members and retained control of her hospital.

Read more details about Dr. Abdi's hospital at her website.

Kudos to Glamour for expanding our understanding of what's glamorous.

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