I am sure you’ve already guessed from the title what this entry is all about. It’s about Sudanese women and their accomplishments as part of the history of Sudan. Yet, who are the Sudanese women and what are their accomplishments? In Sudan, we fail – among other things – to recognize people for their accomplishments in life, we do not celebrate their achievements and pay them the respect they’re due as influential figures in our history. Rather, we read about them and tend to eventually forget about them. This is one of the main reasons we fail as a society in overcoming our issues, it is because we simply lack the patriotic pillar that is crucial in any society.We tend to stop at certain phases in Sudanese history that have long past, we are no longer a great civilization nor are we Arabs from the Arabian Peninsula. We are simply Sudanese. We are struggling to maintain our country,our society or anything as a matter of fact. So, in order to rebuild what was lost over time, its important to unify the people under an umbrella of familiarity, with things that are tangible. For this reason, I have decided to launch a project called “Sudaniya”.


This project will aim to give Sudanese women the insight they need to be active, and inspire Sudanese men to encourage the Sudanese women within their society to take action in the sense that they would make their voices heard. But more importantly to celebrate women, history and Sudan. Unfortunately, many Sudanese have very limited knowledge of Sudanese history as a whole and this reflects on the public educational system. So here is a quick recap on the achievements of Sudanese women and an introduction to the project.

The International Bill of Human Rights adopted in 1948 in addition to the Convention of  the Political Rights of Women that was adopted in 1952 but enforced in 1954 really laid down the fundamental base for Sudanese Women’s rights post independence. Now, despite that fact that Sudanese women did not gain the right to vote till 1964, many Sudanese women were active in many aspects of Sudanese society. They contributed, in one way or the other, to education, science, literature, music and more importantly in civil societies.

Sudanese women like all women were revolutionary in being the first in everything in the Arab world.  The first Arab woman to enter parliament was Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim and one of the first female Doctors was Dr Khalda Zahir, both are exceptional women who have achieved well beyond their respective fields. These are just two of many Sudanese women who have achieved so much and who should be revered, recognized and remembered by all Sudanese.


Initially the project will be broken down into chronological themes from post independence until the present.  The first one (Next entry) will be dedicated to important Sudanese women in the early 20th century who have contributed to Sudanese society. For the coming themes, well, you’ll have to wait and see.

Feel like pitching in?

I would also like to take this opportunity to invite other bloggers, random writers or really anyone interested in being part of this project to contribute to a theme of his or her choice, in Arabic or English. All will be welcomed.

تحيات من امرأة سودانية

باللغة العربية


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