International Recognitions

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In 2012, Dr. Hawa Abdi was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her decades of humanitarian work in Somalia. Actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie presented her story.

  Photo courtesy of Clinton Global Initiative.

Photo courtesy of Clinton Global Initiative.

In 2016, the Clinton Global Initiative awarded Dr. Hawa Abdi with a Global Citizen Award for Leadership in Civic Society. Iman, the international supermodel and entrepreneur, presented the award to Dr. Deqo, who accepted it on her mother's behalf.

Dr. Abdi is a woman of extraordinary strength, courage, and tenacity, who has created a safe haven for internal refugees from the protracted conflict in her country.
— American Friends Service Committee, in its letter nominating Dr. Hawa for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize
  Photo Courtesy of  Glamour  Magazine

Photo Courtesy of Glamour Magazine


In 2010, Dr. Hawa Abdi and her daughters, Dr. Deqo and Dr. Amina, were named Glamour Magazine's Woman of the Year.

  Photo Courtesy of Nana Kofi Aquah for African Leadership Network

Photo Courtesy of Nana Kofi Aquah for African Leadership Network


In 2017, Dr. Deqo Mohamed was awarded the Women’s Bell Award by the African Leadership Network. Graça Machel, the Mozambican humanitarian and widow of Nelson Mandela, presented Dr. Deqo with the award.

  Photo Courtesy of BET.

Photo Courtesy of BET.



Black Entertainment Television (BET) honored Dr. Hawa Abdi and her daughters at the 2012 Black Girls Rock! Award Show.



We are so grateful to have achieved these awards for our work. Our other recognitions include the following:

  • In 2015, Dr. Hawa received the Pilosio Peace Building Award
  • In 2014, Dr. Hawa received the Laureate Freedom from Want Award from Roosevelt Four Freedoms
  • At the 2013 Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards, Dr. Hawa was honored to receive the Fern Holland Award in recognition her crucial work in human rights and women's empowerment 
  • In 2012, John Jay College of Criminal Justice awarded Dr. Hawa the John Jay Medal for Justice and made this video to commemorate her work
  • In 2011, The La Renon TANKER Foundation gave Dr. Hawa the For the Sake of Honour Award

honorary degrees & fellowships


In the spring 2017, Dr. Hawa Abdi and Dr. Deqo Mohamed were both recipients of honorary degrees -- Dr. Hawa received an honorary Doctor of Laws from Harvard University, and Dr. Deqo received an honorary degree from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, where she also delivered the 2017 Commencement Address. In April 2017, Dr. Deqo and Dr. Hawa delivered the Chubb Fellowship Address at Yale University, where Dr. Deqo was a Maurice Greenberg World Fellow in 2016. 

In 2016, Dr. Hawa Abdi received an honorary Doctor of Sciences from the University of Pennsylvania.