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These Two Young African Women Were Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize

Ilwad Elman and Hajer Sharief have made the favored list for winning the prestigious award.

This year's nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize are out and among the names are Somalian social rights activist Ilwad Elman and Libyan law student Hajer Sharief. The Nobel Peace Prize, first awarded in 1901, is said to honor "the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between the nations and the abolition or reduction of standing armies and the formation and spreading of peace congresses" according to the Nobel Prize organization. What's even more impressive is that both women are on the short list of the Director for the Peace Research Institute Oslo–the list is thought to highlight the strongest contenders for the prize according to those who work in the field.

The two women, Elman, 29, and Sharief, 26, have been important catalysts for peacebuilding in their respective countries. Both are part of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's initiative Extremely Together, which brings together 10 young change makers from around the world, as well as have appointed positions from former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

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This Is Not A Joke: TEDxMogadishu Is Back

After a two year break, TedxMogadishu is back. We speak with social activist, Ilwad Elman about what to expect from the event.

After a two-year hiatus, TEDxMogadishu is back. Somalia is at a watershed moment in its history. Just last month, the country declared a new leader. There’s been unprecedented growth in the technological sector, and widespread reassertion of Somali pride. At the same time, parts of the country are experiencing a famine that’s afflicting around 6.2 million people.

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OkayAfrica’s 100 Women

OkayAfrica's 100 Women is our first annual look at the women making an impact on the African continent and in the diaspora. From the biggest names in culture to young up-and-comers, we've got 'em.

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