United Somali Women of Maine

About Us

TEL:                          207-753-0061

FAX:                         207-753-0071

E-MAIL:                  info@uswofmaine.org

WEB:                        www.uswofmaine.org

The USWM was formed in 2001, by director Fatuma Hussein, to respond to the arrival of a significant population of Somali refugees and secondary migrants (refugees originally resettled to a different location in the United States who then subsequently moved to Maine).  USWM achieved 501(c) (3) status in December 2005 and is poised to serve our community as an independent non-profit organization. 


The United Somali Women of Maine is a Somali-directed Women’s Center serving as a safe space that is respectful of gender and cultural practices of the Somali and East African community and serves as a bridge between African families in Lewiston-Auburn and Portland and service providers (the schools, social service agents, employers, police and medical community) to:

· Promote self-sufficiency for African-speaking families;

· Advance gender understanding and cultural sensitivity among people; and to

· Empower African-speaking families to pro-actively build strong families and community stability.


The success of the organization is not because we are a stand-alone Center; instead, our success comes through the strength of our broad network of Community Partners and their programs and services that are also dedicated to the promotion of self-sufficiency and empowerment of the African-speaking community.   The Center strives not to duplicate the efforts of our partners, but to serve as a bridge and as cultural liaisons between our Community Partners and the East African community members in a joint effort to provide efficient and effective programs and services. 


The United Somali Women of Maine Women’s Center works to promote self-sufficiency and economic empowerment, increase access to health information and quality health care, prevent all types of violence and promote a non-sexist, multi-cultural environment that rises up the strengths of Somali women and girls by serving as:


· Cultural Brokers

· Barrier Reducers

· Skill Enhancers; and

· Problem Solve

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