Sudanese Women Oust Dictator
After a 30-year reign, Sudan dictator Omar al-Bashir was overthrown after months of protests demanding his resignation over economic problems and widespread sexism in the conservative Muslim country.
About 70 percent of the protestors were women and played an instrumental role in the ousting, ultimately leading the demand for change.
Images of women protesting in the streets, specifically 22-year old Alaa Salah standing on top of a car surrounded by fellow protesters went viral, becoming an iconic image for women in Sudan and an inspiration for women all around the world.
The photo was captured by local photographer Lana Haroun.
With Bashir out, Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan will lead the transitional military council. Bashir’s whereabouts remain unknown. He is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes during the conflict in Darfur.
The Realist Woman’s take:
In a recent story spotlighting an amazing tech startup that supports women’s businesses, I expressed frustration over a comment made by the founder of that startup when she said women’s marches haven’t worked.
Sudan’s dictator was in power for 30 years and within months was brought down by women organizing, marching and protesting, ultimately leading the charge to overthrow him. It’s incredible and inspiring. Women's marches can change our world.