Somali senator fights against child marriages in the U.S.

Ilhan Omar, the public organizer and social activist, who made history in 2016 when she became the first Somali-American Muslim legislator in the United States is on a fight to end child marriages in her state of Minnesota.

Omar moved from Somali to the U.S. as a refugee at the age of 13. At just 34-years-old, Omar won a seat as a lawmaker in the Minnesota House of Assembly representing House District 60B.

She is a progressive and describes herself as an intersectional feminist, currently serving as the Director of Policy and Initiatives of the Women Organizing Women Network. A part of that fight is ending childhood marriages in her state.

The professor and author of “American Child Bride: A History of Minors and Marriage in the United States” by Nicholas Syrett says “child marriage has a long and vibrant history in the United States”.