The Somali Women Foundation's mission is to develop equal opportunity and gender equality through the power of sport in order to improve health, education, community and peace for Somali women and girls.
SPORT, EDUCATION, & PEACE
Suad Mahamad Galow
Founder and president of Somali women foundation
Suad Galow is a Somali American, founder of the Somali Women Foundation (SWF), Chairwoman of the Somali Olympic Committee, Chairperson of the Somali Basketball Federation, graduate of University of District of Columbia, and a former Somali Women’s National Basketball Team. Her goal is to empower girls through sport, education, and peace.
The civil war of 1991 prevented Suad from returning home until 2009 during which she learned that the Al Shabab extremist group forbids women and girls from playing sport and regularly threatens and carries out both physical abuse and murder against girls who dare to play. At great risk to herself and the players, Suad is developing the game from grassroots to elite levels by training coaches across all states of Somalia, building courts and gyms where girls and women can train and play basketball in a secure environment, and form a new and thriving Somalia Women’s National Basketball Team.
In December 2016, USAid provided funding for her “Empowering young Somali women through Sports and Peace Project” which made history as the first Somali Federal Women’s Basketball Tournament. USAID provided funding and one metric of success was the Somali basketball website that averaged three visits per month but hit 2.9 million visitors during the tournament.
A documentary film, named Rajada Dalka (Nation’s Hope) about Suad’s work is scheduled for completion in 2018.
WORKING TOWARDS HEALTH & EMPOWERMENT
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