Fighting Al Shabaab as a woman in Somalia’s national army

Iman Elman at TEDxMogadishu.


Despite only being 21, Iman Elman is a military commander in the Somali Armed Forces.  When she joined the military two years ago, women were given two pairs of pants to sew together to make a skirt. Knowing it would be hard to fight in a skirt, Iman told them one pair of pants would do. Now she commands 90 men in her battalion.



She is breaking stereotype in Somalia by being a Female Commander at a very young age, watch her story on TEDx Mogadishu.

Source: TEDx Talks.