Sudan Repeals Flogging Law Against Women
Sudan recently repealed a law that allowed women to be flogged, stoned or executed for wearing pants, dancing and street vending.
The country’s current prime minister Abdalla Hamdok tweeted his support of the repeal and said the law was notorious for being used as a tool for exploitation, humiliation and was a violation of rights. He continued, “Many have used this law for financial gain psychological exploitation. Along the way a lot of women and youth endured confiscation of their belongings and unforgettable harm.”
Women’s rights activist Yosra Faud told the Guardian the laws were intended to oppress women and “abolishing them means a step forward for the revolution in which the masses of women have participated.”
Faud is referring to the revolution Sudan had this last spring, in which women were integral in bringing down the 30 year reign of dictator Omar al-Bashir was ousted. The laws were created under his regime.
The Realist Woman’s take:
It’s going to take time for this country’s transitional government to undo 30 plus years of oppressive laws and conditions for Sudanese women and the Sudanese people. While this law may not address all issues regarding women, poverty, violence and plenty other misogynistic laws and cultural behaviors, this is a start.
Sudanese women deserve liberty, not archaic and barbaric forms of violence for basically existing. The last time I saw the word flogging, I was reading the Bible. I didn’t know that still happened. I’m happy to learn that this government won’t be practicing this form of violence against women any longer.