Vital Voices Partners with Glamour Women of the Year Fund


Dr. Hawa Abdi & Her Daughters: The Saints of Somalia

By Eliza Griswold

For 20 years, Glamour magazine has honored extraordinary women as part of its Women of the Year event. In 2010, they named Dr. Hawa Abdi and her daughters among the honorees. Vital Voices is proud to partner with Glamour to help support Dr. Abdi's cause through their Women of the Year Fund initiative.

On a still, hot morning last May, hundreds of Islamists militants invaded the massive displaced-persons camp that Dr. Hawa Abdi runs near Mogadishu, Somalia. They surrounded the 63-year-old ob-gyn's office, holding her hostage and taking control of the camp. "Women can't do things like this," they threatened.

Dr. Abdi, who is equal parts Mother Teresa and Rambo, was unfazed. Every day in Somalia brings new violence as bands of rebels rove