Sudanese Women are Changing History With a Remarkable Role in The Protests

Published April 9th, 2019 - 07:12 GMT
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As thousands of Sudanese protesters are taking part in an anti-government sit-in calling on President Omar Bashir to resign, Sudanese women have been taking a noticeable lead role during the past few days.

The Bashir government has been oppressing women for the past 30 years, yet women are seen as actively breaking the decades-aged taboos and going to the streets to pressure the president to resign.

Several photos and videos were shared on social media of women leading protests, holding banners and resisting the long-ruling president and his authoritarian regime.

One iconic photo of a woman who was standing in front of the crowds chanting revolution has been going viral and widely shared on the internet.

The woman who was dubbed as the “Sudanese Statue of Liberty” has in fact portrayed hundreds of the Sudanese women who stepped up and went to the streets demanding that Bashir leaves.

The “Arab Spring” protests in Sudan have been gaining momentum again during the last weekend inspired by the Algerian demonstrations that succeeded in pressuring the Algerian president, Bouteflika to resign.

For the past two days, protesters in Sudan have been taking part in a sit-in calling for President Omar al-Bashir to resign during which seven protesters, at least, were killed by live the ammunition of security forces.

Protests were originally sparked in December 2018 by a hike in bread prices however, it quickly escalated to calls for the president to go.

According to Human Rights Watch (HRW) around 51 civilians were killed during the protests, yet officials put the death toll at 32.


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