Investing in Women is Investing in Society

On this International Women's Day, we shine a spotlight on the remarkable journey of Hibo Awil Hussein, a beacon of empowerment in Somalia's fishing communities. Hibo's story exemplifies the transformative power of investment in women and their unwavering dedication to progress.

Hibo joined One Earth Future (OEF) as an assistant officer in 2021. She says, "The opportunity provided by OEF was a turning point in my life. It was an investment in my potential, and I am grateful for their trust in me." With the support and investment from OEF, combined with her relentless determination, Hibo swiftly ascended to the role of Program Specialist within the Secure Fisheries program.

Hibo embarked on a mission to empower women in the Somali region of the Horn of Africa. "I saw firsthand the challenges faced by women fishermen and knew that something needed to be done," she tells me. Through her tireless efforts, she traversed the coastal communities, engaging with women fishermen and understanding their challenges firsthand.

Recognizing the pivotal role women play in the fishing industry, Hibo spearheaded the establishment of several organizations dedicated to addressing their needs and amplifying their voices. She emphasizes, "It's not just about providing resources; it's about giving women a platform to advocate for themselves."

Program Specialist for the Secure Fisheries program at One Earth Future

Under Hibo's leadership, this initiative blossomed into a catalyst for change, bringing tangible improvements to the lives of fisherwomen. She proudly says, "Our organization has become a source of strength and solidarity for women in the fishing community." This is a place where women lift each other up  

Hibo’s success is a testament to the transformative impact of investing in women and women lifting each other up. In her words: "Investing in women is not just the right thing to do, it's the smart thing to do." 

Helping Fisherwomen in Somalia