International Women’s Day 2020: The Fearless Basketball Players of Somalia

In present day Somalia, the notion of gender equality and the concept of equal opportunity are unfortunately still not widely accepted or understood. Decades of conflict and general instability have forced women into social isolation, making their public participation in sport settings almost unheard of. The Somali Women Foundation (SWF) is striving to change that. Its president and founder, Suad Galow, is a former co-captain … Continue reading International Women’s Day 2020: The Fearless Basketball Players of Somalia

Supermodel Iman’s Life Story Celebrated By People Magazine On Their #SeeHer Story Series

PEOPLE in collaboration with Katie Couric Media have highlighted Supermodel Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid’s life story through their #SeeHer Story series. The videos are meant to amplify the stories of remarkable women who have helped shape the world throughout the past century. Born in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1955, Iman began her career in 1975 and took the modelling world by storm. She became a muse for … Continue reading Supermodel Iman’s Life Story Celebrated By People Magazine On Their #SeeHer Story Series

Opinion: The Truth About FGM In Somalia

Today is the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). This day has been highlighted by the United Nations in order to bring awareness to the dangers of FGM and subsequently lead to its eradication. It is said that Somalia has the highest rate of prevalence of FGM in the world. This means that the majority of Somali women that you know … Continue reading Opinion: The Truth About FGM In Somalia

The Cutest Somali Couples On YouTube

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we decided to make a list of our favourite Somali couples on YouTube so that you can see how beautiful, fun, and diverse Somali love can be. 1) Ely&Salmaan This adorable young couple makes all sorts of interesting content on their channel; from travel vlogs, to prank videos, Ely and Salmaan make videos that are a joy to watch. … Continue reading The Cutest Somali Couples On YouTube

Short Story: The Ladies That Became My Grandmas

Growing up, we were the only members of our family that lived in the States. The ONLY ones. We would travel a lot to see our relatives, so we created a community and family amongst our neighbours. We didn’t have a huge Somali community around us, but at least we had one. My favorite habo lived across the ocean, in the same city as her habo … Continue reading Short Story: The Ladies That Became My Grandmas

Dhiin’s Palace

Dhiin’s Palace is a story about a unique Somali diaspora experience in the homeland. Dhiin, a Somali woman from the United States, decided to move back to her homeland in order to open up a restaurant called “Palace”. Her journey embracing the local cuisine and the art of Somali storytelling makes her restaurant a local favourite. Dhiin was born in Somalia but raised in the United States of … Continue reading Dhiin’s Palace

Breaking Barriers: Somali Girls On YouTube

If you are a Somali girl, you know that our people are obsessed with the concept of “ceeb” (shame) and “xishood” (bashfulness). These are two characteristics that many Somalis think makes a good Somali girl. As outdated as this notion might be, these two concepts still inhibit girls and women from speaking out about issues considered taboo (but of relevance to women) in Somali societies. Through … Continue reading Breaking Barriers: Somali Girls On YouTube

Amaal Nuux Exudes Care-Free Xalimo Vibes in New EP “Black Dove”

Amaal Nuux, now known simply as “Amaal”, recently debuted her first EP titled “Black Dove” which was released under Public Records/Universal Music Canada. The ambient six-track EP is centred around love and the exploration of self and relationships in the context of cultural expectations. Amaal explained this in an interview with VICE, stating: “Black Dove, to me, represents letting go of the cultural binds and … Continue reading Amaal Nuux Exudes Care-Free Xalimo Vibes in New EP “Black Dove”