Farhiyo Farah Ibrahim

Somali activist

Farhiyo Farah Ibrahim (Arabic language: فرحيو فرح إبراهيم) is a Somali refugee and women’s rights activist. She fights against female genital mutilation and forced marriage in the Dadaab refugee camp in north-east Kenya. In 2008, she received the International Women of Courage Award.[1]

Farhiyo Farah Ibrahim with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in 2009.

In 2002 Farah went to work for the National Council of Churches in Kenya, teaching people about reproductive health. After she was attacked, she took a job as an interpreter in Dadaab.[2]

In 2005 Farah went to a leadership program in the town of Naivasha in Western Kenya. Then she worked for CARE, giving people information about reproductive health. CARE is an international NGO that helps refugees. [3]


  1. "International Women of Courage Award Ceremony: 2008".
  2. "Somali Woman Champions Women's Rights in Africa - IIP Digital".
  3. Refugees, United Nations High Commissioner for. "Somali refugee wins US State Department award for courage".