Gleitsman Award honors Fartuun Adan and Ilwad Elman

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The Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School has named humanitarians Fartuun Adan and Ilwad Elman as this year’s recipients of the Gleitsman International Activist Award for their leadership of the Elman Peace and Human Rights Center (EPHRC) and Sister Somalia – organizations focused on tackling gender-based violence and the rehabilitation of child soldiers in their home country of Somalia. The award and $125,000 prize, given biennially to a leader or team who has “improved the quality of life abroad and inspired others to do the same,” will be presented to at a ceremony in Cambridge on Nov. 19. The ceremony will feature commentary by Eve Ensler, playwright, V-Day founder, and EPHRC/Sister Somalia advocate.