Sudanese government bans International Women’s Day


This video says about itself:

Sudan woman whipped including in the face while police laugh–Warning Graphic images

14 Dec 2010

Amenesty International say Article 152 – moral codes relating to dress, allow women and even girls to be charged for wearing trousers.

From Al Jazeera:

Women’s day event denied permission in Sudan

It is unclear why permission was denied though March 8 event had been held without incident for the past eight years.

Last updated: 09 Mar 2014 15:02

Sudanese authorities have rejected permission for an International Women’s Day event in Khartoum, despite President Omar al-Bashir’s vow that freedoms should be respected.

The women in the capital were told on Sunday that they needed additional authorisation from a government commission handling voluntary activities but that was just a delaying tactic, said Fahima Hashim, director of the Salam Centre for women’s rights.

“We didn’t get the permission” from state security agents for Saturday’s planned event, she said.

The March 8 event – marked around the world when women are recognised for their achievements – had been held without incident for the past eight years at Khartoum’s Nubian Club, Hashim told AFP.

Hashim said it was unclear why approval was denied, but it might be connected with the larger size of this year’s event.

“We had more than 30 groups joining us,” she said.

The day-long event typically features exhibitions, forums, films and concludes with a party.

In January, al-Bashir appealed for a political and economic “renaissance”, including political freedom, in the country ravaged by armed insurrection and political turmoil.

Hashim said his renaissance was just “a lot of talk.”

COMMUNISTS from six countries issued a call at the weekend for a campaign of solidarity with the Sudanese Communist Party and the staff of its banned newspaper Al-Midan. Party representative Rashid Alsheikh told a meeting in London of parties from Britain, Iran, Greece, Cyprus and Bangladesh that all copies of the paper had been confiscated by the Sudanese regime’s security forces from the beginning of January: here.

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26 thoughts on “Sudanese government bans International Women’s Day

  1. This is insane!!! If we do not stand up for women and girls, who will. I have long stopped believing that big organizations will make such a difference. It’s the energy and choices of the little people who can turn things around if we’re brave enough. Heart breaking!!!!! I am making comfort boxes for little children here in south Africa who have to testify in court as we have the highest child rape rate in the world and are desperately trying to end this. Would your readers maybe like to be part of showing love to these brave survivors? Here is a link to what I do, you can chose if you want to publish this? http://cvheerden.wordpress.com/2014/03/08/going-to-court/

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    “We gave you three days to recant but you insist on not returning to Islam. I sentence you to be hanged to death,” Judge Abbas Mohammed al-Khalifa said, calling her by a “Muslim name.”

    But she insisted on her Christian name and that she had never been of the Islamic faith.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-d872-World-in-Brief-150514#.U3UW2Ch9l34

  5. Sudanese teachers protest militia killings

    Basic schoolteachers in Kutum in North Darfur, Sudan went on strike Monday, demanding that the government provide security against attacks from militiamen. The militiamen have beheaded seven teachers since last year. Secondary school teacher Salah Ahmed Adam was the latest to lose his life in a government-backed militia beheading on Sunday.

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    They are demanding the removal of the leadership of the Cargo and Dockworkers Association. The union chairman has been in office for 40 years, and, other than his removal, workers wanted a review of the union’s budget and improvement of its services.

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  18. Saturday 16th April 2016

    posted by Morning Star in World

    SUDANESE students protested for a third day yesterday against government plans to sell off Khartoum University’s historic building.

    The Sudanese Communist Party (SCP) reported that hundreds of students took to the streets to defend the “citadel and symbol of higher education” that is Sudan’s only public university.

    It said they were met with “brutal repressive violence” from the security forces and government supporters.

    “The university premises are besieged by the security forces and fighting between the students and the police is taking place in the corridors of the faculties.”

    The SCP said President Omar al-Bashir’s Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated National Congress Party (NCP) government was pursuing an International Monetary Fund dictated austerity policy of mass privatisation.

    “The policy is aimed at reducing government support to education and healthcare to zero,” the SCP statement said.

    The party said the government was facing growing opposition to its policies, with 90 per cent of the population below the poverty line.

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