Women's stories from the frontline of Sudan's revolution must be told

Al Ali, Sondos; Awad, Nazik

Publisher:  OpenDemocracy
Date Written:  20/03/2019
Year Published:  2019  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX23617

Women are leading Sudan's revolt against religious fundamentalism. As in Egypt and Saudi Arabia they face a violent backlash.




Women and men have both gathered and courageously faced live ammunition, tear gas, and heavy metal sticks in their backs. But most male protesters would openly tell you that it’s the women on the frontline who’ve encouraged them to keep marching.

This is intricately connected to the Sudanese local culture, as women historically sang and wrote poems to support men during wars. Yet, there's a modern, more feminist twist to this traditional role, as women have come from the back lines to take leadership roles during these protests.

It's also no surprise that women are leading the fight against Sudan's Islamist government, as Sudanese women have always been the first enemy of the regime’s political religious fundamentalism.
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