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Asha Haji Elmi

Asha Haji Elmi
عائشة حاجي علمي
Born 1962
Galguduud, Somalia
Nationality Somalian
Ethnicity Somali
Alma mater Somalia National University
US International University
Occupation peace activist
Religion Sunni Islam
Awards Right Livelihood Award (2008)
Clinton Global Citizen Award (2009)

Asha Haji Elmi (Somali: Caasha Xaaji Cilmi, Arabic: عائشة حاجي علمي‎) (born 1962) is a Somali politician and peace activist. As of August 2012, she is a member of the Federal Parliament of Somalia.


Elmi was born in 1962 in Somalia. She hails from the Saleebaan sub-clan of the Habar Gidir.[1]

For her post-secondary education, Elmi earned a degree in economics from the Somali National University. She also holds a Master of Business Administration from the US International University.

Elmi is married to Abdi Farah Shirdon Saaid, a prominent entrepreneur and the incumbent Prime Minister of Somalia.[2]


Peace activism

In the 2000s, Elmi formed the Sixth Clan women's movement to advance female participation in Somalian politics. She was later selected to the Transitional Federal Parliament (TFP) on August 29, 2004, and served until 2009.[3]

Elmi is also the founder of Save Somali Women and Children (SSWC), created in 1992 during the height of the Somali Civil War.[4][5]

Additionally, Asha has been acknowledged internationally for her activism against female circumcision (FGC) in Somalia and in other areas. She frequently travels to college campuses and universities around the world giving speeches about local political conditions and the effects of FGC.[6]

Federal Parliament

In August 2012, Elmi was selected as a legislator in the Federal Parliament of Somalia.[1]


Elmi has received numerous awards for her peace work. In 2008, she was one of several recipients of the Right Livelihood Award. In September 2009, she was also among five nominees that were presented the Clinton Global Citizen Award.[7]


  2. ^ "Somali president names political newcomer as PM -diplomats". Reuters. 6 October 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Selected Members of the Transitional Federal Parliament of Somalia (275) 29.08.2004 - 2009". 2004-08-29. Retrieved 2007-02-07. 
  4. ^ "Somali Women Hope To Affect Khartoum Peace Talks". US Department of State. 2006-10-16. Retrieved 2007-02-08. 
  5. ^ "Save Somali Women and Children". Archived from the original on 2006-08-25. Retrieved 2007-02-08. 
  6. ^ "Somalian Human Rights Activist Soffa Lecturergjnregreng". University of Wisconsin–Madison. 2006-09-18. Archived from the original on 2007-05-04. Retrieved 2007-02-08. 
  7. ^ "Asha Hagi Elmi (Somalia)". Right Livelihood Award. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 

External links

  • Asha Haji Elmi Amin profile
  • WAPPP Fellow, profile at Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • 2009 Clinton Global Citizen Award Honorees Announced by President Clinton
  • Biography on Right Livelihood Award
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