#DearAbaayo Trending On Twitter

For those of you who don't have twitter or haven't checked your timeline since last night, you have yet to see or read the #DearAbaayo hashtag, here is some insight for you.

#DearAbaayo means dear sister in Somali. The hashtag has created an open letter to Somali women all over the world to advise and identify with one another through mutual struggles, humour and dreams.

We have been following the hashtag and we are overwhelmed by the powerful messages shared for our Somali women. It makes us proud to see our Somali global community unite under one message. 

It was four days ago on the 8th of March when we all celebrated 'International Women's Day.' Since then it is clear that our women are united and continue to celebrate and empower one another. 

We asked some of our well known Somali women what their thoughts are on the trending hashtag and here is their thoughts;

"It was heartwarming reading all the #DearAbaayo tweets this afternoon. It's great to see  empowering, powerful and humorous messages. I am a true advocate for sisterhood and women supporting one another. As one of five daughters,  I am blessed to have four other women I can always rely on for advice, motivation, unconditional love and support. The hash tag #DearAbaayo for me represents the positive and strong bond that I have with the women in my life. It also represents the value and power of  sharing a bit love and life lessons.  I believe this is the true essence of sisterhood. Being the backbone of our nation, we as women need to unite, support, empower, educate and champion one another to further our gender, our causes and our people. This is key to closing the gender gap and building a better future for our sisters and daughters." - Baar Hersi (Mother, teacher and presenter.)

"I love the #DearAbaayo tweets. Happy to see Somali sisters continuously inspiring each other." -- Autumn Sharif (Singer, The Voice UK contestant)

"#DearAbaayo is genuine advice to my younger sisters out there. I enjoy sharing honest opinions on matters that happen in real life!" - Hodan Nalayeh (Founder and host of Integration TV)

"I think the #DearAbaayo hashtag is more than trending in the Somali community. I think it's a beautiful movement. There are those that use it for our Somali sisters benefit, by giving meaningful/uplifting advice. Then there are those that leave inexcusable comments. For example,"#DearAbaayo Embrace that forehead. Keep that Xalwa tight. Also make sure yo Baaris and baasto is on point " Comments like those are meant to be funny but I don't see the humor in it. Behind every joke is a fragment of truth. For future reference to the men that use those jokes, find a new routine. The typical 'domesticated Somali housewife' tid bid jokes are not taken too lightly." - Jawahir Jamal Ahmed (Miss Somalia USA, 2014 & 2015)

"I think it's such a positive movement and it made me smile seeing Somalis interact over a positive hashtag. It's a nice change for the Somali people to be having a conversation celebrating us somali girls as opposed to the usual bashing. Refreshing." - Miski Muse 'Hijabi Muse' (YouTuber & fashion blogger)

"#DearAbaayo is an amazing hashtag. Lovely way to unite somali girls and support each other. Love the message and really shows the spirt" - Nadira Mahamoud (Journalist, formerly Al Jazeera and Huffington Post)

"#DearAbaayo to me means that our Somali women are united and most importantly we support one another. Our dhaqan teaches us to be proud, caring and to celebrate each and every Somali person's success as it was our own. Reading the tweets this morning made me feel proud to be Somali, a woman and apart of this generation. May we continue to be inspired and inspire." - Sadiya Ali Hussein  (Founder and editor of Elmimag, YouTuber.)

It all started with one tweet by a young lady named Riya Jama

Here are some of the tweets shared under the #DearAbaayo Hashtag. 


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