About Isabela

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.