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These 12 Stories from 2016 Made Somali Women (and Girls) Rule the Headlines

From Editors – As 2016 comes to an end, we wanted to look back to see how Somalis ruled the news this year. These 11 stories are just some of the stories All Things Somali brought to you this year. We will be doing a look back of Somali men (and boys) as well in a separate article.

1 – Somali Woman, Safiyo Jama Gayre, 60, Graduated from Law School in Somalia

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Safiyo Jama Gayre graduated from Puntland State University with a law degree at the age of 60.

– Accomplished Somali Academic, Hodan Abdi, Says China and Africa Understand Each Other Now

We understand each other now

We understand each other now Hodan Osman AbdI says media plays a key role in shaping common perceptions and misconceptions. Provided to China Daily

– Somali teenager, Fahma Mohamed, becomes one of the youngest people in the UK to receive Doctor of Laws

UK Fahma Mohamed will be one of the youngest doctorate holders in the UK

– Somali Teenager from Cardiff, Hannah Yusuf, Got 13 A*s in Her GCSE Exams Results

Hannah (left) and Amani Yusef, from Kings Monkton, who between them scooped a landslide of A* and A grades

– Halimo Hassen, Senior at Dartmouth & Gates Scholar, Named Schwarzman Scholar

Halimo HassenHalimo Hassen ’17 plans to complete a master’s degree in international affairs, concentrating on public policy. “I’m hoping the scholarship will serve as an experience that will allow me to continue to give back throughout my life,” she says. (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)

– British Somali Teenager, Nadia Hassan, Wins Scholarship to Marlborough College to Follow Sam Cameron and Kate Middleton

Nadia Hussan, whose A* grades in Maths and core science a year early impressed the school leaders at Marlborough college

– BREAKING NEWS: Ilhan Omar made HISTORY tonight defeating 42 years incumbent Phyllis Kahn

**Ilhan Omar won her seat on November 8th and will be sworn in January in Minnesota. Here is the coverage of the election night we did: http://allthingssomali.com/minnesota-elected-ilhan-omar/

10 – Ilhan Dahir is Somali, Rhodes Scholar, and Fulbright Fellow, and She Makes Ohio and the USA Proud

23-year-old Ilhan Dahir after she became a 2016 Rhodes Scholar and a Fulbright Fellow and was named a White House Champion of Change

11 – Muna Abdullahi, The First Somali American U.S. Senate Page in Washington DC, Persuaded US Senator Al Franken To Attend Her Graduation in Willmar

Muna ’16 was one of thirty students from across the nation to serve as a Page in the U.S. Senate in the summer of 2015.

12 – Malala Yousafzai, Youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner, met with young Somali girls in Minneapolis

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai with Muna Khalif and other young Somali girls in Minneapolis. Picture at Afro Deli, Somali-owned restaurant in Minnesota.

There you have it. Somali women (and girls) ruled 2016. These stories make us to be Somali. Stay tune for the Somali Men (and boys) that rocked in 2016.

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