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Our director, Mrs.Neimat Issha, who has dedicated her professional life to furthering women’s educational and economic development in Sudan. 

International Women’s Day, 8th March, 2020

This year, International Women’s Day is especially meaningful for women throughout Sudan. It marks a time of great hope and the promise of new beginnings.

Neimat has a special message for all our kind supporters:

“The International Women Day celebration this year are very special to me and to all Sudanese Women.  It comes with the new positive changes in Sudan and Sudanese women contributed hugely to making this happen, despite all the violence and the suffering. In fact, I feel proud of being part of this change. I feel that we are more confident and optimistic to achieve more for women in Sudan to get the rights that they deserve and we have the courage, the spirit and confidence to do so.”


Empowering Women through Community Literacy 

Setting the Scene – Voice and Visibility  Empowering Women through Literacy – Key Goals 


In blog title photo, a young woman in Jebel Aulia looking into the window of our literacy centre during graduation celebrations last year. 


Above, a young man and child peer curiously in on our literacy circle.  Breaking down barriers for women empowers the whole community.


Above, some of the key goals we work towards in our literacy work. 


Empowering Women through Community Literacy – Key Goals

Setting the Scene – Voice and Visibility


This blogpost is dedicated to our staff and all the work they do to expand the life opportunities open to the women we serve.  Our development through literacy programme seeks to bring out and draw on the many intellectual and life resources our participants bring to their literacy sessions, giving them the confidence to demand both a voice and visibility in their communities.

See Voices to learn more about voice and visibility and how our literacy programme encourages both in our participants. 

Below a testimony by one of our literacy graduates:  Confidence in and valuing her capacities is the first step to empowerment.


This post is also a tribute to all those men and women working towards The United Nations’ An Equal World is an Enabled World for International Women’s Day, 2020.

Women’s Education Partnership exists to expand womenopportunities through education and recognizes that that can only happen when we listen to the needs, views and experiences of the women we work with.  


Above, Dr.Leila Bashir, expert in REFLECT literacy techniques empowering women and girls throughout the developing world. Human rights awareness is central to her approach. In the photo above, universal and women and children’s rights are outlined.  When our participants know their rights, they are empowered to speak up and take action to defend and promote them.  

Learn more about REFLECT in Community Literacy and REFLECT

img_2097 International Women’s Day 2020 United Nations

“I am Generation Equality; Realizing Women’s Rights” is the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day and falls within the context of the United Nations 2030 Sustainability Goals.  See too UN Women .

United Nations video, celebrating International Women’s Day this year.


Above, more key goals of our REFLECT literacy programme. 

Below, one of our literacy participants celebrating her graduation.  For many of our graduates, attending community literacy sessions opens the way to speaking in public and initiating community action – something participants have said they would never have considered before. 

See Celebrating for more on our graduation celebrations. 


This is a literacy post for Women’s Education Partnership.  See At a Glance  and Facts and Figures to learn more about our mission and impact.


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img_2129More key goals of our programme.


Empowering  Women through Literacy – Key Goals


Women attending our literacy program find the confidence to explore their ideas, talk publicly about them and test their ideas in practice through community projects. 

See too Literacy Circles in Action and Literacy Changes Lives 


Our participants often suffer discrimination and abuse for their economic, educational  or ethnic background.  In literacy sessions, all opinions and life views are explored critically but respectfully.  We are currently focusing on extending our outreach to women with disabilities.  

See too Nothing About Us Without Us

For the past eighteen years, we have provided eye care outreaches to thousands. Learn more at it in Restoring Vision – Our Eye Care Programme


We encourage participants to reconsider the impact of customs and traditions such as early marriage and FGM, and to explore the impact of roles traditionally understood as gender-based. 

See too Child Marriage


Older participants have a wealth of knowledge and life experience to share, forging intergenerational understanding. Illiteracy among women over sixty is estimated to be as high as 90%.

See too Grandmother’s School


Participants’ newfound self-confidence allows them to develop mentoring skills in areas they enjoy and are knowledgable in.

The River of Life explores the arduous life journeys many of our participants have made.


Participants learn how to calculate income and expenditure as part of their numeracy training and several circles go on to set up credit and savings funds. 

Literacy Changes Lives  discusses the practical impact of literacy.  


Handicrafts, food products and other sources of income are a central part of our literacy programme. 

See too Weaving Brighter Futures.


Nutrition and health literacy are central to our programme and special focus is given to disease awareness and prevention, hygiene and undertaking community health initiatives

Nourishing the Next Generation explains our focus on interlinked nutrition and health training. See too Restoring Vision – Our Eye Care Programme


Our literacy workers identify and encourage leadership capacity among their participants, so that when they graduate, they can take on community leadership roles.


We provide specialist legal, health and psychological support to all our participants whenever the need arises. We also organize visits by guest lecturers to our circles


Our participants build networks that they take with them into the community when they graduate. 

These are just some of the goals we work towards. For detailed background on our mission, see Making a Difference Part 1


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