Sufiya Ahmed is the award winning author and public speaker on girls’ rights. Secrets of the Henna Girl was launched on International Women’s Day at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in London in 2012. It has been translated into Arabic, Spanish and Polish. Sufiya won Best Published Writer of the Year at the Brit Writers awards and Best Teenage Book at the Redbridge Teenage Book Awards; she was highly commended at the Sheffield Children’s Book Awards and shortlisted for both the North East Teen Book Award and Rotherham Children’s Book Award.
Sufiya regularly visits secondary schools to deliver author sessions and participates in book festivals. She has addressed over 10,000 pupils in 130 schools. She also discusses her previous career in the Houses of Parliament to educate and inspire pupils about the democratic process and discusses how her political activism influences her writing. Sufiya is the founder and director of the BIBI Foundation, a non-profit organisation that arranges visits to the Houses of Parliament for diverse and underprivileged children. She regularly contributes to the Huffington Post and The Independent.
Secrets of the Henna Girl: Zeba Khan is like any other sixteen-year-old girl: enjoying herself, waiting for exam results and dreaming of the day she’ll meet her one true love. Except her parents have other plans. In Pakistan for the summer, Zeba’s world is shattered. Her future is threatened by an unthinkable – and forced – duty to protect her father’s honour.