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TITLE: Somali Poet & Writer Zainab Hassan

SPEAKER: Zainab Hassan
EVENT DATE: 2014/06/10
RUNNING TIME: 55 minutes
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DESCRIPTION: Somali writer and poet Zainab Hassan discusses her work in an interview presented in partnership with the Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa. Zainab Hassan is the project director of the National Library Initiative of the Heritage Institute for Policy Studies in Mogadishu, Somalia. Originally from Somalia, Hassan received her BS from Old Dominion University and her MPA from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. From 2007 to 2012 she was program officer for the Minneapolis Foundation where she managed special purpose funds and led the program’s strategic focus area of Transform Education. A writer, poet and human rights activist, Hassan is the founder of the Somali Gender Equality Movement and is active in the African diaspora philanthropy and the Somali diaspora civil society.