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From top management to all our staff in the countries where we operate, SIHA staff are a team of people passionate about strengthening the capacities of women’s rights organizations and addressing women’s subordination and violence against women and girls in the Horn of Africa.



Hala Al-Karib


Hala Al karib was born and raised in Sudan and later lived in Canada. She currently lives and works in Uganda. She has lived and worked in South Sudan, Kenya and Egypt as well the Eastern and Horn of Africa for over 20 years. Hala’s work specifically focuses on women and girls rights activism and social movement as well as refugees and displaced persons and minority community’s challenges. She has wide and comprehensive expertise on the Horn and Eastern Africa regions, as a civil society worker/activist, and social and gender research practitioner. Her educational background is on Human rights, women studies and Psychology. In addition to her work as the Regional Director of SIHA Network, she worked for various international and regional organizations/institutions among them; The College of Social & Economic Studies, Juba University in South Sudan where she worked as a Research Assistant; The sociology department at the American University in Cairo as an Assistant Researcher; Immigrant Women of Saskatchewan Inc. in Canada as the Program Director; Trocaire, an Irish Organization as Grant Officer based in Sudan. She has also worked as a consultant with various international and UN Humanitarian organizations, including; Goal Ireland, World University Services, Accord International and Concern International.

She is a regular contributor to many online and print media outlets. Her writing is focused on activism, women’s rights and social justice. Some of her recent articles are published in: Aljazeera, Open Democracy, Sudan Tribune The Pambazuka, the New Humanitarian and the East African Newspaper. She is the Editorial head of SIHA Journal – Women in Islam in the Horn of Africa (Arabic & English).

Twitter: @Halayalkarib

Faizat Badmus-Busari


Faizat Badmus-Busari is the Regional Programme Manager at SIHA Network. With a strong background in program management and a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) degree from Emory University School of Law, she expertly navigates the crossroads of gender, law, religion, and social justice, serving marginalized communities, especially women and girls.

Before SIHA, Faizat held significant positions in international organizations like The Carter Center and various United Nations agencies. There, she managed projects ranging from grassroots efforts to global initiatives, focusing on gender equity, social inclusion, democracy, and human rights. At SIHA, she oversees the network’s regional programs, ensuring the mission and vision are effectively carried out across the Horn of Africa. Faizat brings her extensive gender-transformative, legal, and program management expertise to the role. Guided by a belief in collective action and intersectional feminism, Faizat collaborates with organizations and partners to promote women’s rights, peacebuilding, and social justice in the region.

Mercy Apiyo Owuor


Mercy is a Public Health Professional with a keen interest in gender equality, equity, and social inclusion. She has over 15 years of experience in programme design and management, as well as monitoring, learning, and evaluation.

This is expertise Mercy has gathered by managing and coordinating multiple projects while working with government entities and civil society organisations at the grassroots, national, and international levels.

Mercy holds a Master of Community Health and Development from the Great Lakes University of Kisumu, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Moi University in Eldoret Kenya.

Twitter: @MercyOwuor2

Susan Labwot


Susan Labwot is a dedicated feminist with an extensive background in human rights programming, public policy, advocacy, governance, and accountability. With over 14 years of experience, she has successfully led and coordinated a diverse range of gender equality and women’s rights programs. Susan’s impactful work spans the development, implementation, and evaluation of large-scale initiatives focusing on gender equality, policy research, women’s movement building, capacity building, and national, regional, and international advocacy.

A standout quality of Susan is her collaborative approach, which has proven instrumental in influencing discourse on women’s rights and gender equality. Her wealth of experience includes collaborations with local governments, the private sector, political parties, media, and various development partners. This broad engagement uniquely positions her to effectively lead SIHA’s consortium efforts.

In terms of education, Susan earned a Master’s Degree in International Human Rights Law and Public Policy from University College Cork, Ireland. She also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre, Kampala, and a Bachelor of Laws from Makerere University, Uganda.

Sandra Nassali


Sandra is an accomplished communication professional passionate about building knowledge and conducting strategic advocacy initiatives that advance the rights of women and girls.

In addition to feminist activism works, she has, in the last 15 years, pursued her career ambitions in areas of climate change mitigation and adaptation, agriculture and food security, social enterprise development, public health, as well as ICT for Development.

Sandra holds a Master of Arts in Development Journalism and Communication (Strategic & Corporate Communication Management major), plus a Bachelor of Mass Communication (Public Relations & Marketing major) from Makerere University in Kampala Uganda. 

Furthermore, she holds a Post Graduate Diploma in ICT for Development and Social Good from the Spanish Telecentres and ICT Spaces Academy in Spain.

Twitter: @SandraNassali


Procurement and Finance Officer: Justine Namuyanja is a highly skilled professional with over five years’ experience in the fields of Finance, Procurement and Administration. She is an ambitious person who has developed a mature and responsible approach to tasks or any situation that she is presented with and is excellent in working with others to achieve institutional objectives. Justine holds an MBA (Finance) and a Bachelor’s degree in International Business from Makerere University and a PGD in Monitoring and Evaluation from Uganda Management Institute.

Finance Officer: Sauda Kayaga is a Statistician by profession. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics from Makerere University. She has 2 years’ experience in statistical research and analysis, 3 years in cashiering and banking and 3 years in project financial management. Sauda possesses a good head for figures and dealing with complex modelling and analysis as well as a sound grasp for financial systems and procedures with an extreme passion for what she does.

Head of Finance and Administration: Ms Mayada Eltayeb is SIHA Network’s head of Finance and Administration division, she joined SIHA in 2008. Mayada was born in Sudan and grow up in United Arab Emirates. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Ahfad University in Sudan in 2005. Mayada has experience working in several audits and accounting firms prior to joining SIHA; she has undergone several NGO financial management training in Uganda and South Africa.


Zemdena Abebe



Zemdena Abebe is the founder of Afri-colors, a social-enterprise startup, curating made-in-Africa products, crafted by women. As a Pan-Africanist -womanist- she refuses to be erased and amplifies the voices of women through her research, writing, multimedia -storytelling, organizing, and activism: disrupting intersecting oppressive systems. Her social justice advocacy work started in high school; Chaired Addis Ababa Girls’ Forum– which facilitated discussions amongst girls laying the foundation for legislative intervention against sexual abuse in Ethiopia. As the first women president of Addis Ababa University Students’ Union: she reaffirmed the need and organized various youth-led movements despite the hostile university context. One of the 22 young African women selected as part of the writing for social change workshop organized by AWDF and FEMRITE in Kampala, Uganda. An alumnus of the prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship.

Amongst her multilayered affiliations, she sits on the advisory council of ActionAid Ethiopia. Previously, she worked with UNICEF Ethiopia and consulted many other local and international organizations such as the EU, FEMNET.HBF, FHS, TRUST AFRICA, etc. Volunteered for the African Union (African Academy of languages in Bamako, Mali: as a research and Marketing Assistant. Zemdena is a graduate of Political Science & International Relations, who often likes to dance her way to freedom. Asserting the notion that African women, girls & non-binary folks have the right to a life free of heteronormative -capitalist -anti-black -patriarchal terror based on their overlapping otherness: her work reaffirms that human progress is achieved through imagining a better world through the realization of a transnational strong justice-centered human kinship. Zemdena’s writings of resistance can be found on Pambazuka, Africa is a Country, HBF, African Feminism et al

Yousef Ahmed Abdi (Timacade)


Yousef Ahmed Abdi (Timacade) is a Lawyer and Legal Analyst holding a Master’s Degree in Law and Executive Management. Over the past decade, he has consistently demonstrated dedication through his work with national and international non-governmental organizations, focusing on critical areas such as human rights, program management, and research within Somalia and Somaliland.

Currently serving as the Somali Region Programme Coordinator for the SIHA Network, Yousef embodies not only legal prowess but also a deep commitment to women’s human rights advocacy. He is also known for his prolific blogging and commentary, dedicated to raising awareness about human rights issues. His unwavering dedication to gender equality propels him into the role of advocate for marginalized communities, striving to amplify their voices and effect transformative change. Yousef specializes in championing egalitarian ideals and advancing progressive reforms in the Somali region, with a particular emphasis on achieving gender parity.

Yousef is a valued member of the editorial board of the Women in Islam journal. His numerous writings delve into the intricacies of human rights, particularly those affecting Muslim women.


Adla Abubker


Adla Abubker is a women’s rights activist from Sudan with more than 15 years’ experience of working toward gender equality in Sudan. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Rural Development from Ahfad University for Women in Sudan. Her areas of expertise include working with grassroots communities, women’s economic empowerment, gender activism and negotiating with men to change inequitable attitudes.

Currently, Ms Abubker a Program Officer with SIHA in Sudan, where she oversees SIHA’s work on building women movement, and women in Islam, reforming gender-discriminatory legislation, and engaging youth on issues of gender, religion, and race. She believes that the link between religion and law is in dire need of reform, and that discriminatory interpretations of Islam are a root cause of violence against women in Sudan.

Anite Ciciline William


Anite Ciciline William serves as the Senior Programme Officer at SIHA Network – South Sudan. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Local Governance and Human Rights from Uganda Martyrs University, complemented by a Certificate in General Nursing from Arua School of Comprehensive Nursing & Midwifery.

Anite is a dedicated professional with a passion for gender, protection, and health-related issues. Her extensive experience includes enhancing the institutional capacities of women’s rights organizations, fostering partnerships, engaging in advocacy efforts, and actively working towards the protection and economic empowerment of women and girls.

Jackie Bless Pinyoloya


Jackie Bless Pinyoloya is the Project Officer at SIHA Network in Uganda; where she passionately champions feminist principles and gender justice. With a solid foundation in gender issues, advocacy, and economic empowerment for women, Jackie brings a wealth of expertise, particularly in the informal sector.

Currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Gender Studies at Makerere University School of Women and Gender Studies, Jackie is committed to advancing her knowledge and understanding of gender dynamics. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Social Sciences with a major in Gender Studies from Makerere University Kampala, reflecting her dedication to exploring and addressing social inequalities.

In her role, Jackie combines her academic background with practical experience, contributing significantly to the organization’s mission of promoting gender equality and empowerment. Her dedication to feminist principles is evident in her work towards creating positive change in the lives of women in Arua and beyond.

Siam Mahamoud Mohammed


Siam Mahamoud Mohammed is a passionate advocate for women’s rights with over five years of experience in the realms of gender equality, empowerment, and access to justice for women and children. Currently serving as the Coordinator for Somali Projects at SIHA in Somalia, Siam is committed to making a positive impact in the lives of women and fostering meaningful change in the community.

Faith Sunby James


Faith Sundby James serves as the Advocacy & Research Officer at SIHA Network and is an integral member of the Editorial Team for SIHA’s annual journal, Women in Islam. A passionate feminist advocate, Faith is dedicated to advancing inclusive and intersectional gender equality. Her robust background spans gender issues, international politics, and community engagement, with a focus on fostering positive change across diverse populations.

Faith earned her Master of Science (MSc) in the Social Studies of Gender from Lund University in Sweden, showcasing her commitment to a nuanced understanding of gender dynamics. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in International Relations from the University of the Pacific in the USA, reflecting her interdisciplinary approach to addressing global issues.

In her role at SIHA Network, Faith brings a wealth of knowledge and a tireless commitment to advocating for gender equality and empowering marginalized voices.

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