A Woman of Firsts: The Midwife Who Built a Hospital and Changed the World (Paperback)
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A Woman of Firsts: The Midwife Who Built a Hospital and Changed the World (Paperback)

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‘The Muslim Mother Teresa’ Huffington Post

Winner of the 2023 Templeton Prize

Imprisonment. Mutilation. Persecution.

Edna Adan Ismail endured it all – for the women of Africa.

A Woman of Firsts tells the inspirational story of a remarkable daughter, nurse and First Lady. The indomitable Edna Adan Ismail survived imprisonment, persecution, and civil war to become a pioneering politician, a leading light in the World Health Organisation, and a global campaigner for women’s rights.

The eldest child of an overworked doctor in the British Protectorate of Somaliland, Edna was the first midwife in Somaliland, she campaigned tirelessly for better healthcare for women and fought for women on a global stage as the first female Foreign Minister of her country. But mixing with presidents and princes, she still never forgot her roots and continued to deliver children and train midwives – a role she has to this day.

At 81 years old, she still runs what is hailed as the Horn of Africa’s finest university hospital where she trains future generations and still delivers babies.

After all – as she puts it – she is simply a midwife.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008305383
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 240 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm


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‘The remarkable story of an extraordinary woman. Her struggles, lessons and triumphs are an inspiration’ Kirsty Young, Desert Island Discs ‘The Muslim Mother Teresa’ The Huffington Post ‘An extraordinary story from an incredible woman. Edna has devoted her life to helping others throughout the world, and her moving story is an inspiration.’ Dr Amanda Brown, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Prison Doctor

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“The most inspiring woman you've never heard of”

Edna Adan Ismail is one of the most remarkable people to have ever lived. Her tenacity, courage, empathy, wisdom and brilliance are a pleasure to behold. In this wonderful book her remarkable story is told with all... More

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