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Sudan: the women at the heart of the revolution

In Khartoum, over just a few months, street protests ousted Omar al-Bashir from power after more than 30 years of authoritarian and autocratic rule. What role did Sudanese women play in this revolution?

Discussion to follow in livestream on fifdh.org

The Sudanese revolution secured major victories in bringing about regime change. Following the fall of the former President in April 2019, withdrawal of the Transitional Military Council in July and a constitutional agreement in August, the popular uprising of the Sudanese people paved the way for transition to greater social justice and distribution of wealth. This movement rallied different segments of the population. Women in particular played a leading role, being at the heart of citizen protests. Unafraid to break social codes and demonstrate against the authorities, they have been particularly visible and widely mediatised. In a conservative and patriarchal society, how did they emerge as key political and social actors? Is this perception of women's place in the revolution biased by a Western-centric analysis, or has the revolution profoundly shaken Sudanese cultural and social codes?

The report Sudan: the Women's Revolution presents the struggle of women who do not hesitate to take part in demonstrations for the future of their country but also for equality and emancipation.

AfricaWomenGrassroot Mov.

Sunday 8 March

14:00

Espace Pitoëff - Théâtre

livestream on fifdh.org

Speakers

Tahani Abass Journalist and women’s rights activist

Alaa Salah Ali Taha Activist, symbol of the Sudanese Revolution

Moderated by

Christophe Ayad Special Correspondent, Le Monde

Thematic film

Sudan: Women on the Front Line

by Sara Creta & Mehdi Meddeb

A few weeks after the fall of Omar al-Bachir, thousands of Sudanese gathered daily in front of the army headquarters to demand the establishment of a civil government, before being brutally dislodged by the military. Be they mothers, activists, teachers, students or musicians, the women who participate, with strength and determination, in this pacific revolt speak of how, after third year of oppression and humiliation, they found the courage and hope to continue to mobilize in favour of a democratic Sudan.

An Arte film
  • Section: Thematic film
  • Original language: Arabic
  • Subtitles: English & French

Director(s)

Sara Creta & Mehdi Meddeb

Production

  • Barbara Conforti
  • Magneto Presse
  • Brachet Philippe
  • Fabienne Rieffel

Rights holder

  • ARTE

Duration

24'

Year

2019

Production country

France


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