Minnesota

In 2019, NIRH partnered with The Beautywell Project to launch the Young Women’s Leadership Initiative (YWLI), which is preparing a cohort of young Muslim women from Somali communities to become local advocates in the Twin Cities. With support from NIRH, the cohort had the opportunity to learn about their own reproductive health and well-being and to advocate for their community members on issues that matter to them. In 2020, NIRH is supporting The Beautywell Project as they expand the YWLI to different Somali-majority neighborhoods in the Twin Cities, with a specific focus on environmental justice and sexual and reproductive health and well-being. The participants are also learning how to best use social media as an advocacy tool for their communities.