Sayeda Isabela was a freedom fighter, one of the prominent educator and
cultural activist. She was born in a renowned muslim family of Sirajganj in
1942. A pioneer of Muslim Renaissance, Syed Ismail Hossain Siraji was
her uncle (father's elder brother). Her father Isshak Siraji was a high school
teacher, and her mother Aseya Khatun was an Entranced Pass school
teacher. Sayeda Isabela grew up in a home that was named as "Baani
Kunjo", by National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam. She started her education life
in a prominent school of Kolkata- "Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Memorial
School". After passing the matriculation she got married with a young
politician, cultural activist, and sportsman Mr. Anwar Hossain. Sayeda
Isabela continued her study after marriage and passed the B.A. exam.
Then she completed B. Ed. degree from Mymensingh Teachers Training
College. After that she joined Gouri Urban Girls High School as a teacher
and worked there as Principal for 35 years. She made sure for her 6
children to receive higher studies as well.
During 1971, Isabela participated actively in the Liberation War. Not only
she endured a lot of sacrifices for the freedom but also inspired many other
people and organization who were fighting for the independence. Every
single freedom fighter of the Roumari Camp received her affection and
care. She supported her husband's political career and participated actively
with herself as well, and became the Vice-President of Bangladesh Mohila
Awami League, Sirajganj. Besides all of this, Sayeda Isabela also
contributed to literature. During the final years of her work life and after
retirement, she wrote and published 22 books in just 5 years. Her writing
pattern follows an ancient manner with her use of fluent language, wording
style and sentence formats. Her writings were mainly about the struggles of
life people go through in social and family life. Especially she wrote about
the obstacles women face in every aspect of society, inspired, and
encouraged them with her writings to become victorious.
She always had a special attraction to the enormous beauty of the nature.
A month before her death, she wrote in her diary about her immense
affection towards the delightful world- birds, flowers, butterflies, trees; the
green grassland, the clear sky, the blue ocean, the snowy mountains, and
what not! Her serene love towards people as well as to the nature is the
ultimate source of inspiration for Isabela Foundation.