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Women and Morality Laws in Sudan: Flogging and Death by Stoning Sentences Continue

July 8, 2015

By Hikma Ahmed, ACAL

Saadia Rajab is a 22 year old Sudanese woman who was charged with adultery and sentenced to death by stoning.

Interview with Fahima Hashim of Salmmah Women's Resource Center

April 20, 2015

The Director of the Salmmah Women’s Resource Center in Sudan explains how the organization is changing laws and advocating on behalf of women in a country ruled by Islamic law.

IMOW: As the director of Salmmah Women’s Resource Center, what would you say is your organization’s main objective?

Meriam Ibrahim: What is really going on in Sudan?

July 2, 2014

The arrest, release and then rearrest of Meriam Ibrahim is not really about visas, exit stamps and plane tickets, writes Harriet Alexander. Instead it's a potent cocktail of political positioning, religious extremism and family feuding - with a young mother at its centre When rumour of her release from prison first surfaced, we didn't dare to believe it. When it was confirmed by the Sudanese authorities, we began to have real hope.

Stop threatening women with flogging, UN experts warn Sudan

November 8, 2013

GENEVA (6 November 2013) – Flogging women, including for “honour-related offences” amounts to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment in international law and must stop, two independent UN human rights experts said Wednesday in the wake of recent cases involving women in Sudan.

Sudan: Free Layla Ibrahim Issa! Stop Stoning!

August 18, 2012

Dear friends, 

Layla’s life is still in danger. We need you to take action to save her.

Layla Ibrahim Issa is a 23-year old mother who was sentenced to death by stoning by the Mayo court in Khartoum, Sudan. We put out an action alert to support Layla earlier this month, and we extend our thanks to those of you who raised their voices; but Layla is still in prison with her 6-month old child. 

The authorities have not yet responded to our demands to immediately repeal the verdict, and stop the planned execution. 

Sudan: The new Kandakas and Sudanese women at the frontline of the revolution

July 27, 2012

Some 2,000 years ago, during the Nubian period, North Sudan was ruled by women, including Queen Kandaka, famous for her strength. Today, a new generation of Kandakas is taking back the streets and fighting at the frontline of the revolution. 


السودان: ينبغي وضع حد لعقوبة الرجم، وإصلاح القانون الجنائي

July 30, 2012

 

تدين منظمة العفو الدولية الحكم بالرجم حتى الموت الذي صدر بحق ليلى إبراهيم عيسى جمول، وتدعو الحكومة السودانية إلى وقف تنفيذ الحكم وإصلاح قانونها الجنائي بلا تأخير، بهدف إلغاء عقوبة الإعدام إلغاءً تاماً.

Sudan: End stoning, reform the criminal law

July 30, 2012

Amnesty International condemns the sentencing of Layla Ibrahim Issa Jumul to death by stoning and calls on the Sudanese government to halt the execution and to reform its criminal law without delay, with the aim to abolish corporal punishment.

Layla Ibrahim Issa Jumul, a 23-year old Sudanese woman, was sentenced to death by stoning for adultery on 10 July 2012 by the Criminal Court of Mayo, in Khartoum, under Article 146 of Sudan’s 1991 Criminal Code.

Sudan: Media and bloggers censored as protests spread across Sudan

July 2, 2012

On 17 June, when a number of female students led a peaceful protest marching from the female dormitories to the male ones at the University of Khartoum, they did not know that they would inspire protests across the country. Many inside Sudan are calling the ongoing protests an “Intifada” —  an Arabic word for  rebellion or resistance — and there is much truth in that.

Sudan: A Story of the Lives Affected When One Country Became Two

July 9, 2012

On 9 July 2011, when South Sudan became an independent country, Rose Michael, a South Sudanese woman who had lived most of her life in Khartoum, decided to stay in the city where she had a great job and owned a house. But in April 2012, Rose had to leave for Juba after her employer let her go. She planned to return to Khartoum. But then she lost her Sudanese passport and now she can't return because the war has escalated and flights are cancelled.

Sudan: Fatma Emam on the Sudan revolts

May 28, 2012

I write this on the tenth day of the #SudanRevolts tide that has started to sweep Sudan.

Sudan is a land of revolutionaries. They started in the 20th century with the Mahdi revolution against the British occupation and the ruling Egyptian government and today Sudan is revolting against militarization, human rights atrocities, poverty, corruption and fundamentalism.

Sudan: Activists face rape, one fights back

June 14, 2012

In many regards, Safiya Ishaq is an unremarkable 25-year-old. She is excellent at braiding hair but terrible at being on time. She studied fine arts at Khartoum University in Sudan. Not unusual for a student, Ishaq became involved with politics. She joined Girifna, a pro-democracy movement formed in 2009 on the eve of Sudan’s first multiparty elections in more than two decades aimed at mobilizing citizens to vote. Conducting mass voter registration drives, it quickly evolved into a socio-political movement demanding change in Sudan.

Sudan: Women on frontline risking all to call for reform

May 15, 2012

In Sudan’s conservative society where many believe a woman’s reputation and honor doesn’t belong to her alone, young female activists who are increasingly choosing to be on the frontline in the fight for democracy and human rights. But not without a cost! They have faced more direct physical and sexual assault to deter them from standing up for their rights. “The rape of Safia Ishaq made our female members scared and reluctant to work, they are strong, but this crossed a red line,” said Sarah Faisal, who is affiliated with the youth movement, Girifna that is an Arabic word for “We are Fed Up”. She was referring to the rape ordeal of one the movement’s members last year. Girifna aims at using civil resistance to overthrow the current Sudanese government.

Sudan: Rainbow Sudan shines a light on gay and lesbian life in a country where homosexuality is still punishable by death

March 30, 2012

A new online lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender magazine in Sudan, north Africa, is a first for the country where homosexuality is still punished by death and an opportunity for gay people to start discussing their lives and hopes for the future.

Rainbow Sudan published articles discussing topics including being gay in Sudan, the history of homosexuality in the country, Islam and sexuality, being lesbian and Muslim, poetry and more.

بيان حملة ال16 يوم لمناهضة العنف ضد المرأة

December 7, 2011

 

ونحن نحتفي بحملة ال16 يوماً لمناهضة العنف ضد المرأة التي تجسد الارتباط الوثيق بين مناهضة العنف ضد المرأة وتعزيز وحماية حقوق الانسان باسم منظمات المجتمع المدني نحي النساء في العالم، التحية لكل النشطاء في الدفاع عن حقوق المرأة، التحية للمنظمات الدولية التي ظلت تقدم الدعم والمناصرة لبرامج حماية حقوق المرأة، ونخص بالتحية  المرأة  السودانية والرائدات  اللائي مهدن لنا الدروب، والنساء اللائي يملأن الساحات والبيوت بالعطاء الصبور ويشاركن في الدفع بالمجتمع للأمام

 

Sudan: Early Marriage Often Ends Girls' Education

June 1, 2011


UBA (AlertNet) - It took years of pleading before Jane Aketch persuaded her parents to send her to primary school in the dusty bush of South Sudan's Eastern Equatoria state.

Although her parents wanted her to learn how to read and write, like most of the communities in Aketch's home county of Magwi, they did not place particular importance in furthering a girl's education.

Human Rights Watch: End Lashing, Reform Public Order Rules

December 18, 2010


(Nairobi) December 15, 2010 -- The arrest of more than 60 Sudanese women's rights activists on December 14, 2010, for peacefully protesting the lashing of a woman by police shows the urgent need to reform Sudan's public order laws and practices, Human Rights Watch said today. The system imposes illegitimate restrictions on a range of personal behavior and public expression and disproportionately targets women, Human Rights Watch said.

Southern Sudan - Forced Marriage - Journalist's Personal Story

Christine Akuol, who is being trained by Internews to be a community radio journalist, is interested in reporting on women's issues and encouraging girls to stay in school.

A Future Without Female Genital Mutilation: Personal Story

World Pulse - Global Issues Through the Eyes of Women
http://www.worldpulse.com/node/13683
A Future Without Female Genital Mutilation

by Halima Mohamed Abdel Rahman | September 29, 2009

Sudan: WLUML and AI submit report on case of Lubna Hussein to CSW

2/09/2009: The following is the text of a report submitted to the Commission on the Status of Women on the trial of Sudanese journalist Lubna Hussein who was charged under Article 152 (Indecent and Immoral Acts) of the 1991 Sudanese Penal Code for wearing trousers. (WLUML Networkers)

Sudanese Journalist who Invited Press to Attend Her Court Hearing and Flogging: I Am Fighting for All Women

*The issue of abuse of women by Sudan's public order police(1) recently gained prominence in the Sudanese and other media, after Sudanese journalist Lubna Ahmad Hussein and 12 other women were arrested in Khartoum on July 3, 2009, for wearing trousers. Two days later, 10 of the women were summoned to the police station and received punishments of 10 lashes each. Charges were brought against three others, including Hussein, for inappropriate dress and conduct.

Who wears the trousers in Sudan?

Who wears the trousers in Sudan?

By flogging women for wearing trousers, the Sudanese government shows its fear of challenges to the status quo

Sudan: Darfuri Woman Refugees 'Live in Fear of Rape'

Darfuri women who have fled as refugees to Chad live in fear of being raped and as a result ostracized by their families, says a new study.

Sanaa Awadkareem: Forced into marriage, disfigured by acid

March 2, 2008

Sanaa Awadkareem was forced into marriage and then disfigured with acid by her estranged husband.

The tragedy of Sanaa Awadalkareem, a victim of a unique case of domestic violence of the worst kind, became a case of public interest when it was highlighted in local and international news articles, first published in Alrayaam newspaper (Sudan) and consequently on Sudanesonline (an electronic news outlet, concerned with issues pertaining to the Sudan; www.sudaneseonline.com).