Dr Maryan Qasim Nominated in 100 most influential women in the Midlands

Oxfam organised a ‘Celebrating Women Ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. In honour of this day Oxfam will be celebrating the achievements of inspiring women from across the Midlands as well as from the poorest countries in the world. Many women, whether from a rich or poor country, will face challenges throughout their lives. On the 4th March 2010 we will be celebrating the women who have overcome those challenges to achieve great things, for themselves and their communities.

Celebrating Women is a photography exhibition, buffet and an opportunity to hear some of the most inspiring achievements from women in the Midlands and around the world. We hope to invite 100 of the most inspiring women from across the Midlands who have been nominated by the public.

Dr Maryan Qasim is one of the most inspiring women nominated by the public. She is part of the cabinet in the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia. She is the Minister of Women’s Development and Family Welfare since November 2010. Somalia’s transitional government faces many challenges such as bringing peace and stability to the war torn country. Dr Maryan puts her life at risk on a daily basis so she can deliver much needed aid in Mogadishu. As part of her ministerial work she also works on many projects aiming to empower women and young people in Somalia.

Dr Maryan graduated with a ‘Laurea in Medicine and Surgery’ from the Somali National University in 1983. She has worked as an obstetrics and gynaecology doctor as well as a teacher and reseracher for over 15 years. Dr. Maryan moved to the UK at the end of 2001. She is very passionate about community work and changing our community for the better. She has worked extensively in community projects in The Netherlands, Scandinavia and Britain. She worked as a community outreach officer, has set up a women’s network project in Birmingham and regularly volunteers to deliver parents support workshops in schools in Birmingham. She also volunteers as an interpreter and translator for women. In addition to English she is fluent in Arabic, Dutch and Italian.

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About Maryam Qasim

I am a medical doctor and a humanitarian activist. I have worked as an obstetrician and gynecologist, which is my specialty as well as a University lecturer. I also obtained a Masters in Public Health from Warwick University. During my time in the diaspora, I worked on empowering women and raising the achievements of Somali children. I worked with local schools/authorities as well as presenting at national and international conferences dealing with family matters. I am very active in the Islamic field, giving Islamic lectures at Masjid’s, conferences, universities and summer campings. I served as the minister for Women’s Development and Family Affairs in the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia (2010-2011). I am currently the chair person of Tayo party which is a political party striving for equality and justice.
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