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... celebrating women who advocate for 
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

This March, National Women's History Month, we are taking the time out to celebrate and educate ourselves on women's rights, women's achievements, and women's history. Throughout this month, we are dedicating our #WellnessWednesday reminders to highlighting some of the great contributions that women in America and those from all corners of the globe have made to humanity. 

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🧕🏾 👩🏾‍⚕️ 🩺   Dr. Hawa Abdi   🩺 👩🏾‍⚕️ 🧕🏾
* The superwoman of Somalia
* Human rights activist
* Somalia's first women obstetrician
* Physician for Somali women during country’s civil war in the 1990s
* Opened the Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation (formerly Rural Health Development Organization) whose mission is to provide health care, shelter, and education to Somali families
* 1947 - 2020


👩🏾‍🏫  ✍🏾  ⚖️   Shirley Anita Chisholm   👩🏾‍🏫  ✍🏾  ⚖️
* Educator - Teachers College, Columbia University
* Writer - #UnboughtAndUnbossed #TheGoodFight
* Lawmaker - first Black woman elected to the US Congress (New York's 12th congressional district)
* Politician - first woman and first African American to seek nomination for president from a major party (Democratic party)
* A true fighter for racial and gender equality
* 1924 - 2005

👩‍🔬 ⚛️  ☢️   Sameera Mousa   ☢️ ⚛️  👩‍🔬
* First female Egyptian nuclear physicist
* First woman to earn a doctorate in atomic radiation
* First noncitizen allowed to visit US atomic facilities
* Mother of Atomic Energy; known for “Atoms for Peace” movement
* 1917 - 1952


Our interns' brief but spectacular synopsis of women who inspire them

Congresswoman Alma Adams of the 12th congressional district of North Carolina is known for her remarkable contribution to maternal and child health awareness. The congresswoman launched the Black Maternal Health Caucus to elevate the importance of addressing the Black maternal health crisis within Congress. She is also known for her advocacy for Black mothers in congress and her support for policies encouraging culturally competent care and reproductive justice. Currently, Congresswoman Adams was one of the vocal political figures who lifted their voices in condemning the recent bomb-threats to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the nation. Congresswoman Adams’ work aligns with The Aafiyah Project’s health promotion efforts, specifically that of promoting maternal and child health though the SisterCare Village. By leading the pack in creating policy solutions to improve maternal health outcomes for Black women, the congresswoman is currently making history! 


~ Halima T.

Black Maternal Health Caucus
SisterCare Village
Tracking progress of Black Maternal Health

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My person is Malala Yousafzai Malik. Hailing from Mingora, Pakistan, Malala is the youngest Nobel Prize laureate and only the second Pakistani conferred with the Nobel Prize. Malala fought for what she believed in. She overcame an assassination attempt by the Taliban for crusading for women’s rights and children’s rights to an education. I am influenced by her because she performed such a righteous act at the age of 15, letting me know that anyone can have an influence, find their voice, and stand up for what is right, regardless of age or gender. Malala continues to promote education and leadership for girls through the Malala Fund. Her work aligns with The Aafiyah Project’s commitment to the scholastic achievement of those who are historically underserved and underrepresented.


~ Ola O. 

Malala Fund


One of the many great women in history who influence me is Dr. Maya Angelou. She played several roles from award winning author, to poet, to actor, to dancer, and civil rights activist. Dr. Angelou used her writing as a powerful tool to denounce injustice in America and in the world at large. My favorite book from her collection is the famous novel “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” in which she addresses ways to overcome discrimination and racism. Dr. Maya Angelou is a true American icon. She is the first Black woman featured on US quarters. Dr. Angelou was an advocate for women’s rights, children’s rights and those that were ignored in society. Through her writing and activism, Dr. Maya Angelou’s work is in lockstep with The Aafiyah Project’s engagement in community service to tackle health disparities in the minority and underserved communities.


~ Rokhaya K. 

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

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