Dr. Hawa Abdi Book Launch Event


and Vital Voices Global Partnership
invite you to celebrate the launch of

Keeping Hope Alive:
One Woman:  90,000 Lives Changed


Featuring a panel discussion with:
Dr. Hawa Abdi
Author and Founder of the Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation
Dr. Deqo Mohamed
CEO of the Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation
and Daughter of Dr. Hawa Abdi
Sarah J. Robbins
Book Contributor and Independent Journalist

Moderated by
Dr. Carol Lancaster
Dean of Georgetown University School of Foreign Service

and Vice Chair, Vital Voices
Welcome Remarks by
Ambassador Ritva Koukku-Ronde
Alyse Nelson
President and CEO, Vital Voices


Wednesday, April 3, 2013 


5:30pm  Reception
6:00pm  Discussion

Embassy of Finland
 3301 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC


Complimentary copies of the book will be available.

Dr. Hawa Abdi, a Somalian human rights activist, lawyer, and doctor, specializing in gynecology, founded the Doctor Hawa Abdi  Foundation, which runs a hospital and school in one of the largest internally displaced persons camps in the country, offering sanctuary to nearly 90,000 people. Glamour named her "Woman of the Year" in 2010 and dubbed her and her daughters "the Saints of Somalia, equal parts Mother Teresa and Rambo."  She was featured as one of the top "Women Who Shake the World" in Newsweek in 2011 and was interviewed by Tina Brown at the 2011 Women in the World Summit.

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