LONDON (Sudanow) – Two Sudanese women, Ahlam Khidr and Gada Kadoda, have been selected for the BBC list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2019.
Ahlam Khidr is a protest leader. Her 17-year-old son, Hazaa, was killed during a peaceful demonstration against the defunct regime of dictator Omer al-Bashir in September 2013. Since then, Ahlam has dedicated her life to seeking justice for him, and fighting for the rights of those killed or “missing” in Sudan.
She said she had vowed during the burial of her son that she would never let his death go without retribution as long as she was alive. She rejected any bloodmoney and all other types of material compensations and demanded blood for blood. “I don’t know how much my son equals in terms of money but I’m quite sure that any single drop of his blood values more than dozens of those who killed him” she told a local newspaper in 2017.
Despite her ordeal she said if she had ten sons she would not have hesitated to sacrifice all of them for the national cause.
“She was part of underground forums and protests and was brutally beaten when caught by security forces. In the movement that started in December 2018 against then-President Omar al-Bashir, Self-proclaimed 'mother of all Sudanese martyrs', Ahlam became a prominent protester, leading rallies with strong ties to the youth on the ground” said the BBC.
Dr Gada Kadoda helps women in remote areas use solar power to bring electricity to their villages by training them as community engineers.
In 2014 she was named a UNICEF innovator to watch as the driving force behind Sudan's first innovation lab, giving students a space for collaborative working and problem-solving. She is founder of the Sudanese Knowledge Society, which gives young researchers the opportunity to freely interact with scientists and scholars from inside and outside the country.
Kadoda is an engineer and associate professor at Garden City College for Science and Technology. She teaches at the University of Khartoum, where she introduced a course in knowledge management.
Kadoda was a founding member of Mehen, a training centre for women. She has called for decolonial and feminist education in Sudanese schools and universities, as well as leading anti-racist workshops. She is a member of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease and Sudan National Information Centre, as well as organising the Sudanese Equitable Futures Network. She delivered a TED talk in Khartoum in 2011.
She studied computer science at the University of Khartoum in 1991, obtained her MSc from the University of London and PhD from Loughborough University.
Her publications include; (Networks of Knowledge Production in Sudan: Identities, Mobilities, and Technologies), (Comparing software prediction techniques using simulation) and (An investigation of machine learning based prediction systems).
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