The Oslo Peace Research Institute revealed that Ilwad Elman, the Director of Programmes and Development at the Elman Peace Centre, has been shortlisted for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Elman Peace is a non-profit organization which was founded in 1990 by Elman Ali Ahmed, Ilwad’s father. Ilwad was raised in Canada and returned to Somalia in 2010 to work alongside her mother and Executive Director of Elman Peace, Fartuun Aden.
Over the years, Ilwad has worked tirelessly for social change in Somalia across various community sectors. Last month, the Elman Peace Centre in Mogadishu hosted the president of the 2019 NBA Champions Toronto Raptors and founder of Giants of Africa, Masai Ujiri.
Ilwad tweeted that she was “so honored to be nominated and shortlisted for the Nobel Peace Prize”.
Ilwad is the second Somali woman in history to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. In 2012, Dr. Hawa Abdi was nominated for the prestigious award.
The official announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize will take place on October 11th.
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*This article was originally posted on our previous website on 29th September 2019.