Amanda’s steadfast commitment to positive and sustainable change has garnered partnerships with leading human rights, humanitarian and development advocates around the world. For more information about their initiatives, please click on the links below.
In May 2010 Amanda established the Global Enrichment Foundation (GEF) to develop, fund and implement women’s empowerment, education, and famine relief programs in Somalia.
Visit The Global Enrichment Foundation website
On February 14, 2013, 1 Billion Rising was one of the largest global demonstrations in history to end violence against women. Amanda participated in the 1 Billion Rising event in Calgary, Alberta, Canada to show solidarity with the one billion women around the world who have experienced abuse. Her bold statement about surviving rape made headlines across the country: “Every woman who has experienced sexual abuse knows how hard it is to get up every single day. I choose to walk the road of healing. It’s been a long journey over the last three years, but it’s something I choose every day. Speaking out isn’t easy for me to do — but it is worth it.”
Visit 1 Billion Rising website
In 2012 WXN named Amanda one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women. She continues to be an active member of WXN and a regular speaker at their Cocktail Speaker Series, delivering her message of women’s empowerment and leadership to audiences across Canada.
WXN is Canada’s leading organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of women in management, executive, professional and board roles.
Visit Women’s Executive Network (WXN) website
Amanda has been a member of the Against Violent Extremism (AVE) Network since 2011, helping shape the ‘survivor’ narrative by speaking at Google Ideas conferences in Dublin, Ireland and New York City about her experience with young extremists in Somalia and her belief that education can counter the radicalization of youth.
Visit Google Idea’s Against Violent Extremism Network website
In 2012 Amanda joined the Nobel Women’s Initiative Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict, the first ever global collaboration between Nobel Peace Laureates, international advocacy organizations, and groups working at regional and community levels to advocate for women and girls.
The Nobel Women’s Initiative uses the prestige of the Nobel Peace Prize and of courageous women peace laureates to magnify the power and visibility of women working in countries around the world for peace, justice and equality.
Visit Nobel Women’s Initiative website
Amanda has contributed to Women Under Siege’s investigations and reports on sexual abuse against women.
Visit Women Under Siege website
Since 1983, DHAF has provided healthcare, education, food and clean water to over 90,000 displaced Somalis independent of their clan, gender, religious and political affiliation.
Visit Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation website
Little Warriors is a national charitable organization, based in Canada, focusing on the education and prevention of child sexual abuse. Amanda has supported Little Warriors at various fundraisers by volunteering her time and has spoken at a number of their events.
Visit Little Warriors website
The Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture (CCVT) aids survivors in overcoming the lasting effects of torture and war. In partnership with the community, the Centre supports survivors in the process of successful integration into Canadian society, works for their protection and integrity, and raises awareness of the continuing effects of torture and war on survivors and their families. The CCVT gives hope after the horror.
Amanda gave the keynote address at the 2012 First Light Gala.
Visit The Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture (CCVT) website