SheLeads is a month-long blog series highlighting the voices of some of iACT's amazing female leaders from across the globe. You’ll hear from soccer coaches, education directors, and program coordinators as they discuss the impact of war and displacement on their lives and the power women hold as leaders in their communities.
SALWA AL-TAHER HAMID
Education Director, Refugee Camp Touloum, Chad
My name is Salwa Al-Taher Hamid. I was born in Sudan, Umbro, and now live in refugee camp Touloum in eastern Chad, Zone (5), Block (20), and I am the director of preschool education.
What is something that brings you joy in your week?
The thing that brings me happiness is eating plenty of fruits, watching cute animals, and going to work on my feet.
Why did you choose to become an education director with Little Ripples?
I chose to become a director because I want to encourage young children about the importance of preschool education.
What is your favorite thing about working with other female teachers?
I prefer group meetings, communication, and association bonding.
What has the conflict in Darfur meant to you as a woman?
As a woman, the conflict in Darfur means to me the loss of families and property, and the emergence of poverty and starvation.
What does it mean to you as a woman to be a leader in your community?
It means to me that there is equality between a woman and a man at work.
What qualities do you think make women good leaders?
The qualities that make good women leaders are the art of reading and demanding recognition for their accomplishments.
Why is it important for women to be leaders in their communities?
Because the mother is everything in the community.
What advice would you give to young girls in your community?
My advice to girls in my community is knowledge.