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Ms. Fartun Weli

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Executive Director

Company Description: Isuroon is a new support group created to bring help and healing to Somali women struggling with infertility - a disorder more prevalent and more traumatic within...   more

Employment History

  • Founder and Executive Director
    Somali Women Support and Advocacy Group
  • Founder and Executive Director

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Fartun Weli, executive ..., 19 Jan 2013 [cached]
Fartun Weli, executive director of Isuroon, said one of the other reasons there's so much fear about c-sections in the Somali community is that the procedure is perceived as a western medical tactic to limit population growth.
"When we talked to the men, some of them believe that the reason that [for] their wives, that the c-section is high, is part of controlling," Weli said. "It's like controlling them [from] having a lot of babies."
Weli said large families are considered a blessing in Somalia and too many c-sections may limit the number of children a woman can have. She has heard from Somali women who have driven to Wisconsin to deliver their babies, believing rumors that the c-section rate there is lower than in the Twin Cities.
Despite the many cultural differences between birth in the United States and Somalia, Fartun Weli said her community has adapted somewhat to the western medical model and should be recognized for that.
"There are a lot of rumors out there that the community is very closed and that they don't want to change and all that stuff," Weli said. "But this answers all the questions and says that's not true. Really this community wants to change, and actually change before even the system had adjusted to the demographic changes of our community."
Now that the study has been done, Weli hopes more Minnesota providers will do what they can to adapt to some of the preferences of their Somali patients.
The extra pressure they feel, ..., 11 May 2011 [cached]
The extra pressure they feel, Weli said, is a product of Somali society's tendency to measure women's worth by their ability to bear children.
"In our community," Weli explained, "there is an expectation that pregnancy will happen right away after marriage. If it doesn't, all eyes are on the new wife. Family and friends ask questions: 'What is the matter with you? Why are you not getting pregnant?' " These questions reflect a societal attitude that views motherhood as the only proper fulfillment of womanhood, Weli said, which propels many women who can't conceive into a cycle of shame, isolation and depression.
"And because both infertility and mental illness are taboo topics in Somali culture," Weli said, "these women won't talk or get help. There's no way out for them."
Ms. Weli served as moderator for the roundtable, and also welcomed several Somali women to share their insights with the audience.
The Isuroon Project was founded last November to provide support and education for Somali women contending with infertility, emotional distress and other health concerns. "The response so far has been amazing," Ms. Weli told the crowd assembled for the roundtable. "The Somali Community is embracing the idea that infertility shouldn't be taboo and that women should be loved and valued with or without children.
"We also know that we still have challenges," Ms. Weli said, "because acknowledging the issue and changing behavior are two different things.
Fartun Weli is reaching out to Somali women who have struggled with infertility. Leave a comment
Fartun Weli, 40, kicked off her efforts to educate the Somali community about infertility at an event in November.
Somali TV's report includes the opening speech from Isuroon's founder, Fartun Weli - a courageous account of struggling with infertility. Listen to Fartun's dream for Somali women, and our entire community, by clicking the link!
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Fartun Weli, the founder of Isuroon, Somali Support and Advocacy Group. Fartun is reaching out to Somali women who have struggled with infertility.
Fartun Weli, the founder of Isuroon, Somali Support and Advocacy Group. Fartun is reaching out to Somali women who have struggled with infertility.
The psychological effect undermines women's ..., 10 May 2011 [cached]
The psychological effect undermines women's potential in our society, say Fartun.
Fartun Weli, the Founder and Executive Director of Isoroon, Somali Women Support and Advocacy Group
Fartun Weli, the founder of ..., 30 May 2011 [cached]
Fartun Weli, the founder of Isuroon, Somali Support and Advocacy Group. Fartun is reaching out to Somali women who have struggled with infertility.
For further information, please access Isuroon web @ and/or contact Fartun Weli at
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