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Americans for UNFPA Student Award Winner – Bridging the Divide

I hope you've enjoyed reading Fatima's blog and enjoyed the glimpse into UNFPA's work to improve the health and rights of women in Uganda and Rwanda. As Fatima showcased, UNFPA's in-country work is largely dependent on the local needs and really calls on community involvement to build programs that succeed. As the Americans for UNFPA staff delegate, I had the pleasure of traveling with Fatima and delegates from across the United States. Fatima, 2008 Student Award Winner, had a powerful impact on the other delegates, and even more so, on the many women we had the privilege of visiting. She was able to draw connections, beyond the surface, with many of the women we met - as a Muslim, Somali-American, and student.Our leadership delegations consisted of eight women, and one man, ranging from age 18 to 60+. Each delegate brought a unique perspective from corporate executives to an oilfield engineer. Fatima's blog offers a sampling of the insightful comments she shared with her fellow delegates daily. Unlikely many delegates, her college research afforded her the opportunity to visit UNFPA funded fistula programs earlier this year in Eritrea. From that trip, she was able to share with us an in-depth perspective on fistula - a problem affecting so many women in Africa.

Women NEED to Speak Up
Throughout this trip, I have sensed the surprise of the locals when they see me traveling with a white, American delegation. I am of …
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Fatima Hassan Wins Americans for UNFPA Student Award
Fatima Hassan, a Stanford University junior, wins the 2008 Americans for UNFPA Student Award for the Health and Dignity of Women.