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Our mission is to provide Somali women and their children a safe atmosphere to develop their gifts, abilities and positive relationships.
The process of assimilation into American society is a complicated one for Somalis, the vast majority of whom are refugees. The community is faced with post-traumatic stress, education and language barriers, a disturbingly high incidence of single parenthood and overall cultural confusion. In addition, women typically have the responsibility of being the keeper of the house, and circumstances requiring them to make their own way in a male-dominated culture have proven exceedingly difficult. Male perceptions of Somali women, rooted in tradition, are that they should be obedient and have little or no role in public life. Cultural modesty also weighs more heavily on women, thus limiting the amount of public forums. These perceptions conflict with existing strong American influences of female empowerment, leadership and equality.
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