Dayib is a development expert and a social change activist. In 2016, defying many death threats, she became the first woman to run for President of Somalia. Despite pulling out at the last minute, she has nevertheless raised awareness on the monumental roles Somali women continue to play in peacebuilding and state-building since independence. Born in Kenya to illiterate parents, she didn’t learn to read and write until she was 14. At 17, she moved to Finland and completed two master’s degrees before winning a fellowship to study public administration at Harvard.
Source of Influence: Political
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