'By the standards of the European industrial world, we are poor peasants but when I embrace my grandfather I experience a sense of richness as though I am a note in the heartbeats of the very universe,'
TAYEB SALIH, SUDANESE AUTHOR
'Now that the scale of female participation is unprecedented, Sudanese women have become aware of their power and their role as agents of change. Whatever happens now, nothing is ever going to go back to the way it was before,'
DAME ROSALIND MARSDEN, FORMER BRITISH AMBASSADOR TO SUDAN AND SPECIAL EU ENVOY FOR SUDAN
'We need to change the way we treat women in our culture. That has to be, it's not optional,'
MOHAMED 'MO' SALAH, TWICE ON NEW AFRICAN'S MOST INFLUENTIAL LIST AND RECENTLY NAMED ONE OF WORLD'S 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE BY TIME
'I became a free woman when I decided to stop dreaming. Freedom that is waiting for nothing, and anticipation, is a state of slavery,'
AHLAM MOSTEGHANEMI, ALGERIAN WRITER
'Nothing is going to change unless we have our own point of reference,'
MO ABUDU, NIGERIAN MEDIA MOGUL AND PHILANTHROPIST
'I have an affinity with the Arabic world. I have it in my blood, via my parents. I'm very proud of being French, but also very proud of having these roots and this diversity,'
ZINEDINE ZIDANE, FRENCH FOOTBALL STAR OF ALGERIAN ORIGIN
'Until the education of a girl is a right and not a privilege, we are failing our women,'
JAHA DUKUREH, GAMBIAN WOMEN'S RIGHTS ACTIVIST