Edna Adan Addresses Maternal Mortality: A Women and Girls Lead Social Screening

Women and Girls Lead presents an online social screening of the Maternal Mortality segment of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide with special guest panelist Edna Adan. The event will take place here.

A landmark series based on the book by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Half the Sky follows six celebrity activists including Diane Lane, America Ferrera, Olivia Wilde, and Gabrielle Union as they travel to nine countries and meet inspiring, courageous individuals who are confronting oppression and developing real, meaningful solutions

We’re honored to have Edna Adan joining us for a live chat about her inspiring work to decrease maternal mortality in Somaliland. Adan was raised in Somaliland and studied nursing, midwifery, and hospital management in Britain. When she returned to Somaliland, she became the first qualified nurse-midwife in the country.

Adan was 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. After retirement, she sold her life’s possessions to finance the construction of the Edna Adan Maternity Hospital, which provides maternal health care to Somaliland’s poorest women. Adan’s new goal is to train and dispatch one thousand qualified midwives throughout Somaliland.

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide: October 3, 2012 at 12:30PM PT/ 3:30PM ET

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide premiered October 1st and 2nd on the PBS series Independent Lens.