Connecther Presents:


Giving Women their lives Back Adeiyewunmi Osinubi, Yoonyoung Choi , Groton School

In November 2011, my friend and I started the Iris Fistula Project (IFP). IFP is a non-profit organization that helps women who have suffered from obstetric fistula — a birth injury that plagues women around the world. In August 2012, I traveled to Mekelle, Ethiopia to volunteer at Healing Hands of Joy (HHOJ), a rehabilitation center for obstetric fistula sufferers. While in Ethiopia, we filmed a documentary to bring awareness to our school community and beyond. Over the past two years, I have made presentations at conferences, planned fundraising events, and created a short film showcasing obstetric fistula. This past July, I was interviewed on the Nunu Wako show to discuss IFP’s work with obstetric fistula. In total, we raised over $20,000 to help empower the women at HHOJ. The Iris Fistula Project has been very meaningful to me because it has fueled my passion for women’s health issues. I want to devote my life to ending preventable health conditions that plague women in developing countries. Giving Women their Lives Back is a short film that illustrates our work with the women in Ethiopia. This film showcases women who are all in different stages in their journey with obstetric fistula. In a short 5 minutes, we see the transformation of once voiceless women to women who use their voices to bring awareness into their communities. Please visit our website at