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Introducing a "Kandaka" !

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During the whole week when the interview took place, Dr. Hamid gave me a strong feeling that she was dedicated to introducing change into "her" communities. But how could that be? And what kind of change? How could she cover the distance that separated her from the target group in her homeland of Sudan?

Living 15 years in Diaspora in Austria hasn't affected her deeper understanding of societal dynamics; it seems that she is still deeply rooted in the daily lives of people in her homeland. And, if this is linked to her willingness to work for change and her creative potential, it makes her the most capable person to apply effective strategies to introduce desirable change.

In her stories and essays she expresses how she compromised with her environment which was about to rob and confiscate her rights. Also, readers have the opportunity to enjoy the way she describes the lives of people in her homeland. For example, in a short memoir you can smell the odor of the traditional perfumes (talih) of hajj Ahmed's wives.
Dr. Hamid describes how the direction of the perfumed smoke would indicate which wife Ahmed would pass the night with.
In this literary way she criticizes polygamy, a situation in which she was a victim.

With her soft words, warm personality, and wide relations with NGOs, she most certainly is the right person to introduce change.

Exposed to poverty, elimination, and stereotyping strengthened her determination to fight against social, economic and political ills.

Ishraga has many gifts: love, loyalty, determination and resolve are some of the key components of this woman.

Moreover, Dr. Hamid is not new to struggle and working to effect change. She started in 1983 doing social work where she was very courageous in tackling issues pertaining to poverty, stereotyping, marginalization and sidelining. Her success abroad made her an example for many who were not, at the beginning, in favor of women’s emancipation.

In 2005 she served as coordinator for the workshop of the "cross-border networking: strategies and challenges for Sudanese women to the democratization and nation-building."

In addition to her persistence and patience, she is famous for being faithful and loyal. She likes Vienna and doesn't want to leave it even for a week. However, she also loves her homeland and yearns to pass an evening among her relatives drinking habitual maghrib (evening) tea with popular sweaty doughnuts (legheimat), lying on a popular bed (angareib Habbabi).

KANDAKA in Sudanese culture means a leader or ruler and Dr. Hamid deserves this honored title.

This article is part of a writing assignment for Voices of Our Future, which is providing rigorous web 2.0 and new media training for 31 emerging women leaders. We are speaking out for social change from some of the most forgotten corners of the world. Meet Us.

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