Women Are at the Forefront of Sudan’s Protests

And we are here for it

For the last five months, anti-government protests have reached a critical breaking point in Sudan – and women are now firmly stood on the frontline.

What is now being called the “Women’s Revolution” initially began as a series of demonstrations spearheaded by a number of professionals from the medical and legal industries, who had become increasingly fed up with the country’s continual economic decline. With slogans like “Just fall, that’s all” directed at President Omar al-Bashir, his 30-year regime may finally be coming to a head.

But in the last few weeks, a growing number of women (more than men) have been taking to the streets in defiance of the security forces in a bold, revolutionary move that’s caught the attention of the world.

On Monday night, an unknown woman dressed in a traditional white thobe with gold moon earrings climbed on to top of car roofs, arm raised in the air crying out for change. “My people want…” she shouted, as the rest of the protestors retorted “revolution!”

The woman’s symbolic dress, and defiant stance has earned her the moniker “statue of liberty” on Twitter, and Kandaka (which means Nubian queen) amongst the Sudanese.

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