Meet the subtle yet brave Fatima Abdel Rahman.

Sudan is a country in North-East Africa. It is bordered by Egypt to the north, the Red Sea, Eritrea, and Ethiopia, to the east, South Sudan to the south, the Central African Republic to the southwest, Chad to the west and Libya to the northwest.

It is the third largest country in Africa (after Algeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo) and also the third largest country in the Arab world (after Algeria and Saudi Arabia).. The River Nile divides the country into eastern and western halves.


Fatima Sallih was born to a father who is a strong activist and a loving mother who has been a strict authority figure in her life . She acknowledges her success in community based initiatives to them.

When I met the soft spoken lady, I was quite surprised by her subtle way of passing strong political and civil views.

I must say I loved it because I admire women who do not have to be in conversations like what garlic is to vampires-the kiss of death [I don’t really believe in vampires but flow with me here and blame it on the movies I watch.]

She passes her views in an admirable strong  feminine manner.


Fatima admits that while growing up, she witnessed the deteriorated state her relatives from Eritrea who were refugees suffered in Sudan.

She therefore decided that she had two options, to melt emotionally like wax subjected to intense heat or become like clay under the same heat.


She decided she would harden like the clay and  be a part of transforming her country.

Fatima acquired a bachelor’s degree in mainly NGOs active in civil society.

She pursued a profession as an independent capacity builder and as a volunteer in civil society where she continuously became a part of community and youth based initiatives.

She is also part of a group of active youth and activists who respond to disaster situations through volunteering her professional and personal skills.

Through her engagement with civil society she was able to identify along with a group of activists the need to raise the capacity of individuals with interest in volunteering in civil society.

To introduce them to new methods and tools and thus contributing to the growth, sustainability and development of the civil society.

Fatima has grown immensely by being surrounded by different factions of society and has become even more sensitive to her environment. Her belief in change being possible is fast becoming a reality.

She now represents the minority and oppressed groups by securing and advocating for their rights. I tell you this power girl is the kind who will march in the streets, alone if need be to fight for her people. I am impressed.


Today’s workforce is not interested in command and control leadership. They don’t want to do things because someone said so. They want to do things because they want to do them.

And here is where my strength is. In my ability to understand why and then drive it forward.

When we asked her about how she balances between work and personal life, she confessed that it can be a huge challenge but she decides to be happy in everything she does.

Fatima found out about YALI from social media. It is an opportunity that is helping her to start thinking from a broader perspective, Africa instead of her small community and country.

It has also provided her with great networks of professionals and academicians in her field.


These great self-building opportunities that I have been a part of will allow me to enhance my home projects with opportunities, new ideas and human capital as well as providing chances for advancement for those within and without Sudan.

I long to start a snowball effect for those in the Sudanese civil society.

Fatima advises young African leaders to rise up and work towards their dreams.


Fatima with her civic leadership YALI fellows

Fatima is currently working on enrolling for her Masters in mathematics. She also plans to engage in research that will develop policies and re-assess current strategies unsuccessful in Sudan.

We wish you well Fatima, You have proven that being feminine is about allowing oneself to yield more and control less.

You are a true representation of a true young African leader.


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