To overthrow a dictatorship – women’s crucial role in Sudan
After decades of oppressive laws preventing women in Sudan from acting and dressing freely, it was women who were at the forefront of the Sudanese revolution that eventually led to the removal of President Omar al-Bashir after 30 years in power.
Since then, however, the women have once again been pushed aside. Although they played a significant role in ending the oppressive dictatorship, women were largely excluded when civil society groups and Sudan’s military began to negotiate over the country’s political future.
Ikhlas Mahmoud, President of the Sudanese section of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF Sudan), will discuss the current situation and challenges related to the transitional period, as well as what can be done to increase women’s participation in political processes.