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  • "I would rather die making a difference."

    Asha Hagi Elmi Amin is a winner of the Global Citizen Award 2009 presented by the William J. Clinton Foundation. She is co-founder and chair of Save Somali Women and Children (SSWC) and a member of the Transitional Federal Government in Somalia. Amin has been deeply involved in the struggle for peace and reconciliation in her war-ravaged country and has worked tirelessly to carve out a role for women in economic and public life. Somali women were sidelined from any peace talks until the "Sixth Clan" was formed by Amin and her peers in 2000. Through the historic Sixth Clan, these daring women convinced the five male-dominated clans to accept a new role for women around the negotiating table. This became the first time that women were represented in a peace process in Somalia, and Amin has participated in the talks ever since. Amin was a 2005 Women and Public Policy Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and a 2008 winner of the Right Livelihood Award.

    "“I know that one day I will be killed,” Hagi said. “I would rather die making a difference. I’m doing it for my daughters, for a new Somalia.”