Sudan

Adila Elzaibad Abdalrahman Osman was elected by the Sudanese Women Union General Assembly  2009 as the Head of the Union  38 years since the last assembly SWU was established since 1952. Her passport was seized from 1979-2003 and she was banned from traveling outside the country. Adila was the Deputy Secretary of Sout Almara (Women´s Voice) which belongs to the Sudanese Women´s Union since 1985. The Union was banned from 1989 until recently and is still unlegalized. Adila  regularly contributes to other newspapers on women issues. She has joined many campaigns on women rights, most recently she was part of the campaign against the public order law during Lubna case. email: adilazein@yahoo.com
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Asma Ismail Bushara is a Political Analyst of Institute for the Development of Civil Society (IDCS). She is a graduate of Alazhary University where she gained a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Strategic Studies.  During her university years, Asma was involved in conducting a monthly forum about youth issues as part of the civil society organisation Sudanese Association for Youth Development, Khartoum as well as being a member in the Youth Forum’s Project of Good Governance, which is part of a UNDP Sudan program. Asma is very active in promoting the democratic process having attended and helped facilitate such programs as the Training Workshop on Electoral Violence Prevention, 6-9 January 2009, Khartoum  conducted by the Institute for the Development of Civil Society (IDCS) in collaboration with United States Institute of Peace (USIP). She has also taken part in strengthening the conditions required for an effective and viable democracy as typified by the training program in feminism, gender analysis, sexuality, peace-building, transitional justice and leadership held by the African Women’s Leadership Institute (AWLI), and Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA) in Addis Ababa. email:asmabushara@gmail.com

Leimia Abu Bukr is  a journalist by profession with over 15 years experience in her field. She is Head of the Political Section of Al Akhbar Daily newspaper. She divides her time between journalism and human rights. She has worked with different Human Rights Organizations at both local and regional level. She is one of the founders of  the Women Media Workers Network, which is a network of female journalists , who are interested in women rights and human rights. One of her goals is to have a new generation of female journalists, with strong foucs in human rights and women´s rights. email:lemiaabubkr@yahoo.com
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Maha Elzein is the Regional Coordinator for the Peace Women’s Across the Globe (PWAG) organisation after obtaining a Post graduate diploma in Peace and Development. Maha trains and facilitates trainings about women’s rights and social exclusion. Since 2005 Maha has also been the director of the Sobat Centre for Conflict Resolution -SCCR. She is also a member of the Sudanese Women´s Solidarity Group and the International Collective of Peace and Demilitarization, World March of Women -WMW since 2004. Maha believes that to sustain peace, women need to exploit teh magic of difference with the aim of enabling other women to do great work. email:mahaelzein@yahoo.com
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Kamilia Ibrahim Kuku Kura. With a diploma in community based psycho-social intervention, Kamilia is the chairperson for NuWEDA (Nuba Women’s Education and Development Association), working primarily with women and children from the marginalised Nuba Mountains region of Sudan. She is the founder and current executive director of the “Nuba Women for Education and Development Association” (NuWEDA). She is also a passionate activist for women’s rights, a member of the G40 and coordinator for the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in Sudan. Between 1991 and 1998, frequent fighting took place in the Nuba Mountains and Ms Kuku Kura decided to speak out on behalf of human rights, in spite of the many dangers. She achieved recognition for her association, fought to ensure that the basic needs of women in the camps were met and ran various aid programmes in small communities. In 2006, Ms Kuku Kura and other women were arrested in the Nuba Mountains. Freed as a result of pressure from several humanitarian organisations, her determination remains as strong as ever and she still wants to set an example in fighting for respect for women’s rights. email:nuweda026@yahoo.co.uk               Watch Interview with Kamilia

Marian Hamed has a bachelor in Biology and began her career as a teacher. She has since held many posts, including Family Health Coordinator and Researcher. She has also worked as member of organizing committee and resource person for peace building, reconciliation and conflict resolution cluster of Banadir zonal JNA. Currently, Ms. Hagi works for East Sudan Women´s Development Organisation. email:eastsudan_wd.org1@yahoo.com

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