Hundreds of Sudanese women march against violence

Sudanese women march in Khartoum to mark International Day for Eliminating Violence against Women, in the first such rally held in the northeast African country in decades, on November 25, 2019. (AFP)
Updated 26 November 2019

Hundreds of Sudanese women march against violence

KHARTOUM: Hundreds of Sudanese women Monday marched in Khartoum to mark International Day for Eliminating Violence against Women, in the first such rally held in the northeast African country in decades.
Chanting “Freedom, peace, justice,” the catchcry of the protest movement that led to autocrat Omar Al-Bashir’s ouster in April, the demonstrators took to the streets in the Burri district, a site of regular anti-Bashir protests earlier this year.
Many women, dressed in orange, carried banners that read: “Women’s revolution continues” and “We are the revolution, we are the change.”
Many also carried banners such as “Stop rape of Darfuri Women,” as they called for justice for female victims of the war in the western Sudan region.
“There is an atmosphere of freedom now,” said 21-year-old university student Fatima, as others behind her whistled, clapped and ululated, an AFP correspondent reported.
“There is less violence now, but we still need to change the laws that are against us.”
Bashir seized power in an Islamist-backed coup in 1989 and since then the role of women had been severely restricted in Sudan.
During his 30-year-old rule, authorities implemented a strict moral code that activists said primarily targeted women, using harsh interpretations of Islamic sharia law.
Thousands of women were flogged and handed hefty fines under a controversial public order law for “indecent dressing” or consuming alcohol, which is banned in the country.
During the protests that rocked Bashir’s regime, women were at the forefront, demanding his ouster and an end to violence against them.
The army deposed him on April 11, and his overthrow has triggered hope that laws encouraging violence against women be scrapped.
“I came to demand an end to violence against women,” said, Adila Farouk as she marched in the capital’s streets.
“I have been subjected to sexual harassment, but it is nothing compared to what other women have faced.”


Danish troops to return to Al-Asad air base in Iraq on March 1

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Danish troops to return to Al-Asad air base in Iraq on March 1

  • Denmark’s forces are part of the international coalition fighting Daesh in Iraq and Syria

COPENHAGEN: Denmark said on Monday it will send its military personnel back to the Iraqi Al-Asad base on March 1 to restart training of Iraqi security forces in the fight against Daesh.
The Nordic NATO-member last month removed most of the 130 military personnel it had stationed at the Al-Asad base due to security concerns in the wake of an Iranian missile attack on the air base on Jan 8.
Denmark’s forces at the base are part of the international coalition fighting Daesh in Iraq and Syria.
The Danish defense ministry said on Monday the security situation was now no different than before the attack, which was why it had assessed it would be safe for the Danish soldiers to return to the base.
“In the fight against terror, it is important that Iraq does not again become a hotbed of terrorists’ recruitment and training,” said Defense Minister Trine Bramsen in a statement.
“Therefore, it is important that we resume the training of Iraqi security personnel so they, in the long run, can take care of the security in Iraq themselves,”