Hannah-Maryam Sansu Paulo

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Hannah-Maryam Sansu Paulo
H-M Sansu Paulo
Dna. Sansu Paulo in 1996
Prime Minister of Mauretia
In office: 1980–1995
PartyMuvimenda de Demoqrato Xristiqo
RidingUrbi-Veridi (1967–1995)
Personal details
TitleDonia dem Mauroim (Lady of the Mauroi)
Birth29 October 1931, Iola, MYA, Mauretia
Death20 December 2003, Urbi-Veridi, KAB, Mauretia
BurialOsaria Šegano, Urbi-Veridi
OccupationWomen's advocate, politician
ReligionMauroi Orthodox Christic

Hannah-Maryam Sansu Paulo (1931–2003) was a Mauroi women's advocate and politician, who was elected to the Qoncilio and eventually served as Prime Minister of Mauretia. She is most remembered for her involvement in women's organizations affiliated with the Mauroi Christic movements. She represented Urbi-Veridi in the Qoncilio as a member of the Muvimenda de Demoqrato Xristiqo from 1967 until leaving the Qoncilio in 1995. In 1980, her name was submitted to monarch as a possible selection for prime minister. A surprise pick to many outsiders, she was chosen to serve in that role. In 1995, she declined to run for reelection but did not leave public service. Instead, she was selected to serve as ambassador to the Assembly of Nations. She represented Mauretia in St. Richards for 7 years, until her retirement in 2002. She suffered from difficult health most of her adult life and ultimately died from complications due to cancer in 2003.


Hannah-Maryam Sansu Paulo was born to a laborer-class family in Iola, Mauretia in 1931. She met her husband in Iola and married in the early 1950s. He entered the priesthood after several years of marriage. Together, they were assigned to a parish in the ecclesiastical diocese of Pensiva in 1961. The couple moved to Urbi-Veridi, Kabyea, about halfway between Emonna and Salda. Sansu Paulo immediately took up working with her husband in the community, becoming a leader in various Christic organizations focused on women. She quickly rose to prominence in the central Kabyea as an advocate for women's welfare, health, education, activism. After establishing herself in Urbi-Veridi, Sansu Paulo ran for an open Qoncilio seat as a member of the Muvimenda de Demoqrato Xristiqo in 1967. She won her first election in a landslide and went on to serve the legislative body for 28 years in all. During her tenure in the Qoncilio, she maintained an active role in the advocacy groups and ministries throughout central Kabyea.

Politically, Sansu Paulo was a traditionalist reformer. She advocated nationally and internationally for the status and rights of women. She was selected as the representative from the Maureti Qoncilio to the International Committee for the Rights of Women in 1975. She held this position for a full five-year term. In 1980, Sansu Paulo was one of the ten individuals nominated to serve as prime minister. The king surprised many Qoncilio leaders and selected her to serve in that capacity. She was, in turn, voted head of the Muvimenda Demoqrato Xristiqo. Sansu Paulo served continuously as Prime Minister of Mauretia until 1995. With fifteen years of service, her tenure was not without controversy. Members of the Labor party and the newly forming Green movement resisted working with her. She also developed a close working relationship with the king and was an active legislator. This caused some in her own party to accuse her of being a rubber stamp for monarchial policies.

In 1995, Sansu Paulo decided to not seek reelection. After finishing her term, the king chose her to serve as the primary ambassador to the Assembly of Nations. She represented her homeland in the international body from 1995 to 2002. She continued her advocacy of women's rights, but she also became a defender of religious liberties and promoted cooperation between the different Christic branches.

For much of her adult life, Sansu Paulo suffered from poor health. In 2002, her health declined dramatically, and she stepped down from her role as ambassador. Complications from cancer ultimately caused her death in December of 2003. She was lain in state at the Basiliqa Xristo li Roe in Iola before being buried in Urbi-Veridi.


Due to her popularity and influence, Sansu Paulo has had multiple places and facilities named in her honor. Most often the name is listed as H-M Sansu Paulo to prevent confusion with other historical figures by the name "Sansu Paulo." Below is a partial list:

  • Esqola Primaria H-M Sansu Paulo in Salda
  • Esqola Alta H-M Sansu Paulo in Urbi-Veridi
  • Mayemeya H-M Sansu Paulo in Iola
  • Museo H-M Sansu Paulo in Urbi-Veridi
  • Parqe H-M Sansu Paulo in Iola
  • Placia H-M Sansu Paulo in Urbi-Veridi
  • Ponta H-M Sansu Paulo between Iola and Qolna Mauretana (Formerly the "Queen's Bridge")
  • Sedaros H-M Sansu Paulo in Irida Viarni
  • Village of Sansu Paulo in Girgensa diocese