Fatuma Adan: A 'living example' of the transformative power of sports

Fatuma Adan, executive director of Horn of Africa Development Initiative. Photo by: Violaine Martin / UN Geneva / CC BY-NC-ND

Fatuma Adan won’t take no for an answer.

“I’m supposed to be locked up, married. I should be a grandmother now,” she told an audience of development workers at a conference held in June in Ottawa, Canada. Instead, Adan has unexpectedly managed to defy cultural norms and expectations, forging her own destiny and becoming a trailblazer for women’s and girls’ rights in her community.

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    Flavie Halais

    Flavie Halais is a contributor based in Montreal who covers cities and international social issues. In 2013-2014, Flavie was an Aga Khan Foundation Canada International Fellow, reporting for Nation Media Group in Nairobi, Kenya. She’s also reported from Rwanda, Brazil and Colombia.