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Executive Director, Founder

Phone: (612) ***-****  HQ Phone
Isuroon Gallery
310 East 38Th Street Suite 211
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55409
United States

Company Description: Isuroon is a culturally appropriate education, communication, and advocacy organization for Somali women and health care providers. Founded in 2010, the agency...   more
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About Fartun Weli Fartun Weli is the founder and leader of The Isuroon Project, a health-support initiative for Somali immigrant women.
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From the Minnesota Daily: Last legislative session, Fartun Weli authored and lobbied for a bill that would help eliminate Somali women's reproductive health disparities.
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Fartun Weli hopes her experience helps Somali women facing infertility to strip away any shame.
Isuroon grew from the personal ...
www.isuroon.org, 19 July 2014 [cached]
Isuroon grew from the personal experiences of its founder, Fartun Weli, with infertility. Ms. Weli was unable to find a source that simultaneously discussed both Western and Somali values associated with infertility, so in 2010 she started the Isuroon infertility and health issues project. Ms. Weli's research found that women who are unsuccessful at becoming pregnant have stress levels equivalent to those of women with cancer, HIV, and heart disease.
“This addresses the most fundamental of ...
www.hiiraan.com, 20 Mar 2014 [cached]
“This addresses the most fundamental of civil rights,†said Fartun Weli, executive director of Isuroon, a Somali women’s advocacy group. “It’s part of our identity.â€
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Inmates usually are struggling with a variety of issues when they land in jail, and not being able to wear a head covering can add to their problems, Weli said.
Weli has seen a jail-issued hijab, which is dark brown and made with a stretchy material. She said she was pleased with it, and that it compared well to one she might buy at a local Somali shopping mall.
Last legislative session, Fartun ...
www.isuroon.org, 9 Sept 2013 [cached]
Last legislative session, Fartun Weli authored and lobbied for a bill that would help eliminate Somali women's reproductive health disparities.
The bill would have provided $170,000 to Isuroon, a nonprofit organization that Weli founded that is dedicated primarily to Somali women's health issues. Her proposal made it into the health omnibus bill but was blocked because of a language loophole.
"I was heartbroken because I didn't know how bills are funded," Weli said. "I wish somebody had told me [how to write a bill]."
Now, Weli is partnering with Steve Sviggum, a University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs legislative fellow, to teach members of the Somali community about state government.
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Weli said she hopes the new knowledge will inspire the Somali community to become more involved at the Capitol in order to eliminate issues like poverty and healthcare inequalities.
"We want to learn and be able to help ourselves," she said. "And to do that, we need to learn the basics about how Minnesota is governed."
A 'surprising' partnership
Before meeting Sviggum, Weli contacted University political science professor Larry Jacobs for help.
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Weli said she hopes to introduce a new bill to help Minnesota's Somali community, but she's not sure yet what it'll look like.
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Sviggum has already taken Weli to the state Capitol and introduced her to a few legislators.
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About Fartun Weli Fartun Weli is the founder and leader of The Isuroon Project, a health-support initiative for Somali immigrant women. View all posts by Fartun Weli → This entry was posted in News. Bookmark the permalink.
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