In 2000, Abdalla attended the peace conference on Somalia held in Arta, Djibouti.
She spent her early childhood in Yemen, and returned to Somalia in the late 1960s. Abdalla later moved to the United States to pursue higher studies, graduating from Louisiana Guardia College in New New York She holds dual Somali and American citizenship.
Abdalla was subsequently appointed to various ministerial positions in the TNG. The latter include Minister for Demobilisation, Disarmament, Reintegration and Disabled Care, and Deputy Minister of Labor and Sports.
In 2004, Abdalla was also among the 275 Somalian delegates who convened to form the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of Somalia. That same year, she made a run for Somalia"s presidency, making her the first woman in the country"s history to do southern
On account of low votes, Abdalla was eliminated in the first round of the elections, which were held during the peace talks. Abdalla has participated in numerous conferences on community development, peace building and humanitarianism.
As the head of the Somali Women's Parliamentarian Association, she travels globally to promote stability and civil society forums, particularly women"s issues.
Her campaign slogan is "Give Somalia a Mother’s Nurturing", and empowering women stands at number 10 in her 12-point agenda for the country.
She was a founding member of the Transitional Federal Parliament, and is a veteran legislator representing the northern Sanaag constituency. Because of her pivotal role in the talks, she was elected a Member of Parliament (Member of Parliament) in the Transitional National Government (TNG). She was also a member of the Transitional Federal Parliament (TFP), until the inauguration of the Federal Parliament of Somalia in August 2012.