TEDxKhartoum- Balgees Badri
Professor Balghis Badri is an anthropologist and feminist. A pioneer in introducing women and gender studies and training in Sudan at undergraduate and graduate levels and in some Middle Eastern countries.
She is also a fighter for abolishing Female Genital Mutilation, for ratification of CEDAW, Women's Rights, the quota in the electoral law, engendering peace and development.
She initiated the first master program on Gender and Development at Ahfad University for Women and promoted a small women's studies unit teaching a university requirement course on Gender and Development and Women Studies of the university to become the Regional Institute of Gender, Diversity, Peace, and Rights. It became the first would wide Institute that offers these combinations of programmes whereby about 150 graduated with master degrees and more than 15 thousand studied gender and women studies at undergraduate level.
She lived in Sudan struggling not only for women's rights but also for democracy and principles of good governance. She worked at grass roots levels by opening ten integrated service and training centers in rural areas and informing youth and grass roots organizations.
Being in Sudan did not stop her from connecting with global bodies through; NGOs and UN agencies, research, publishing books, writing at newspapers, You-Tube, producing films, simple printed materials and engaging with media.
She is the grand daughter of the pioneer of women's education in Sudan and daughter of the founder of the first women university in Sudan and Africa.
She has two daughters and four grand children.