Born at Nedumangad in Trivandrum. She has won many prizes in literary and sports competitions.
Her published work Snehakkoodu (Nest of Love) is a collection of twenty five poems. Most of the poems can be seen as her reactions to the lack of love and compassion among human beings. Kariavattom Sreekantan Nair writes in his introduction to the book that her poems are representations of her heart’s yearning for universal love, friendship, compassion and kindness, they throb with human sympathy.
The poem ‘Snehakkoodu’ (‘Nest of Love’) is included here. The poet’s love for structure and metaphor is visible in here. This poem narrates about her experience of visiting Srikantan Nair’s house along with her parents, for the scrutiny of her poem.
Fatima had actively participated in many of the women’s welfare movements. She was a social worker in the radiology department of Western medical hospital in the globally renowned Edinburgh University. Since 1972 she was the president of the women’s wing of M.E.S.
Her published work is titled Ormayilennum (In the Memory Forever), which is a collection of her memories.
In her book Ormayilennum Fatima Gafoor writes about the personality of Dr. Abdul Gafoor who dedicated his whole life for serving people. Her style of narration is simple and straight forward, almost like a conversation with a friend. Abdul Gafoor was not just a doctor but he was socially active too and it is said that the inspiration behind his efforts for founding the Muslim Educational Society was his wife, Fatima Gafoor. Abdul Gafoor succeeded in uplifting a society which was often ridiculed for its lack of education. There were times when he had to turn a deaf ear to the protests from his own community. Fatima Gafoor used to help her husband in all his welfare activities and has successfully portrayed his personality through her book.