Yasmin Abdi Farah becomes first Somali female pilot since the collapse of Somali government in 1991.
Yasmin Abdi Farah has become the first female pilot in Somalia after Asli Hassan Abade since the collapse of the Somali Central government in 1991. Hassan Sheikh Ahmed, a local journalist working with SMS TV, caught up with her as she prepared to leave Mogadishu to Kismayo town for her first trip as a full captain. A career mostly shunned by the Somali women due to the conservative culture and the austerity of the Islamic Sharia, Yasmin says she enjoys being a pilot and flying people from one destination to another. "I am very happy today to be commissioned as a full pilot and I thank Allah for enabling me reach this far" said Yasmin. Her instructor Mohamed Amin said he is very delighted to see Yasmin graduate to a full pilot after years of being a first officer. Amin exuded confidence that she is equal to the task and has the potential of flying people across the country. "Today am very excited to see Yasmin become a full pilot after years of rigorous training and being a first officer in the crew. The onus is now on her to discharge her responsibilities." said Amin. Yasmin made her first flight as a full captain on Wednesday from Mogadishu's Aden Abdulle International Airport to Kismayo town. Passengers aboard the flight Yasmin flying said they are very pleased to see a Somali female direct their flight and encouraged Somali girls to challenge boys in the competitive World. " It is good thing for us to see a Somali lady fly us and I would like to called on the other Somali girls to take a leaf from her." said one of the passengers. Upon successfully landing her first flight as a captain at Sayid Mohamed Abdille Hassan International Airport in Kismayo, Yasmin said she feels very proud to have successfully landed her flight without supervision. " It is a great thing for me to fly a plane without supervision and I thank Allah for the gift of life and making me reach this point." She said. She encouraged young girls to challenge the patriarchial society and navigate through the vagaries of life. Yasmin obtained her education in aviation in Nairobi under Captain Osman Abdi Iman. She becomes the second female pilot in Somalia after Asli Hassan Abade was the first African woman Air Force pilot in whole of Africa and middle east. Asli was a Somali Air force pilot, military figure, and civil activist. She was the first and so far the only female pilot in the Somali Air Force (SAF). Yasmin flies Mandeeq Airlines that majorly operate in towns across the country. Somali women have began breaking the ceiling in the patriarchial Somali society. Recently, a woman was appointed as the new Commissioner in charge of Shibis police station in Mogadishu. Only 19.9% of women ages 15 to 64 in Somalia are currently working. Somalia. Samira Nasir, a youthful young female officer was the first female to be appointed to such a top position in Mogadishu and also Somalia. The country has made remarkable strides toward gender equality in recent years, considering the challenges, threats, and conflict it faces daily. However, Somalia is a particularly difficult environment for women to thrive in. The killing of Almaas Elman, a Somali Canadian aid worker and rights activist, in Mogadishu in November 2019 and prominent journalist Hodan Naleyah in July in Kismayo town. This is a harsh reminder of the incredible risks women take to advance gender equality in a country that has faced near-constant conflict for decades.