Suaad Allami

Iraqi women's rights activist

Suaad Allami (Arabic: سعاد اللامي) or Suaad Abbas Salman Allami (Arabic: سعاد عباس سلمان العلمي ) is an Iraqi lawyer from Sadr City in Baghdad. In 2009 she received the International Women of Courage Award. [1] Alami started a women's center in Baghdad with the NGO Women For Progress. [2][3] Women for Progress was the first legal clinic for women in Iraq. [4]

Suaad Abbas Salman Allami (Iraq) with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama in 2009.


Allami graduated from Baghdad University School of Law in 1992. She worked as a lawyer in Iraq's family courts for seventeen years. [5]

In 2010 Allami received a Master's Degree (LLM) in Law and Human Rights from the University of Minnesota Law School. [5]


Allami was in the Baghdad Provincial Council and Sadr City District Council from 2004 to 2009. She wrote laws for the District and Sub-District Councils of Baghdad Province. [6]

Allami opened the first all female legal clinic in Iraq. She runs five women’s centers in Baghdad. [6]


  • Allami was named Female Lawyer of the Year by the Iraqi Women's Foundation in 2008. [5]
  • Allami received the International Women of Courage Award in 2009. [6][1]
  • From 2009 to 2010, Allami was the Distinguished Hubert Humphrey Fulbright Fellow at University of Minnesota Law School. [5]
  • She received the Massachusetts Bar Association Public Service award in 2010. [5]
  • In 2014, Allami received the vital voices Global Leadership award. [7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "2009 International Women of Courage Award Winner Biographies".
  2. "Suaad Abbas Salman Allami: A Strong and Credible Advocate - DipNote". 3 May 2016.
  3. "مركز تقدم من اجل النساء".[permanent dead link]
  4. Lillian Cunningham (30 June 2014). "Helping women in Iraq". Washington Post.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Suaad Allami".
  7. "Suaad Allami". Archived from the original on 2016-03-17. Retrieved 2016-03-17.