SUDAN’S REFERENDUM THIS MONTH IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT FOR WOMEN: they make up about 65 percent of the population in South Sudan, but lack the necessary political representation necessary to stop violence, discrimination and abuse.
Many women voting in Sudan last week are eager for separation, seeing in an independent South Sudan the opportunity for greater freedom and rights.
But progress towards that goal may be harder than ever. In December, over 60 Sudanese women’s rights activists were arrested for protesting the lashing of a woman by police. (The video of the flogging was widely reported).
How you can help:
Stand with Sudanese women at Women for Women International.
Related articles and reports:
The SIHA Network (The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa) is an advocate and supporter of women’s organizations. Read their reports on Sudanese women and democracy.
Open Democracy’s piece explores The Sudan referendum and women’s citizenship.