Women's stories from the frontline of Sudan's revolution must be told
Al Ali, Sondos; Awad, Nazikhttp://www.opendemocracy.net/en/5050/womens-stories-from-the-frontline-of-sudans-revolution-must-be-told/
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 its the women on the frontline whove 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 regimes political religious fundamentalism.