Smart Girl Stories

Waris Dirie: Somalian Model, Author, and Human Rights Activist

Waris Dirie has one of the most inspiring stories so far. Despite being genitally mutilated and forced into an arranged marriage at a very young age, Dirie was able to run away from this oppressive culture and...

Nasra Agil: Somali-Canadian Civil Engineer, Activist And Entrepreneur

Our SmartGirl for today is Nasra Agil, an inspirational woman that young girls can easily admire. Despite growing up in a culture that required certain careers to be a preserve of men, she was able to rise...



Unveiling the resilience and strength of the Somali people, this category explores the stories of inspiring Somali women. Learn about Ilhan Omar, the first Somali-born U.S. congresswoman, who advocates for social justice and progressive policies. Delve into the work of Waris Dirie, a former supermodel and activist who champions female genital mutilation (FGM) eradication. Discover the contributions of contemporary figures like Hawa Hassan, a social entrepreneur who founded a peacebuilding organization in Somalia.