Sunday Forum—Isuroon: Empowering Somali women in Minnesota and beyond
Taking its name from a Somali word that means “woman who cares for herself,” Isuroon, a local grassroots organization, believes that empowering women is the key to building a thriving community. Led by the women it serves, Isuroon has earned a trusted place in the community because of its cultural and collaborative approach. Isuroon is committed to improving the health and upward mobility of Somali women in Minnesota, the United States and Somalia and promotes health and empowerment for Somali women through health education, communication and advocacy to create policy change.
Fartun Weli is the founder and executive director of Isuroon. A public health graduate student with two decades of experience in the medical field—including 10 years as a health and technology specialist for Park Nicollet Clinics—Fartun has gained international prominence for challenging taboos against speaking openly about reproductive and mental health issues.