Sudanese Revolution: The Woman in White, and More Feminist News From Around The World
Sudanese Revolution: The Woman in White
What is going on at present in Sudan is extraordinary. What is even more interesting—and less reported—is the fact that so many of the protests that are forcing the military to backtrack on authoritarian control are being led by women. And a viral image and video is making the rounds, one that captures the present zeitgeist in Africa against anti-authoritarian rule. The viral video shows 22-year-old architecture student Alaa Salah standing atop of a car, leading the people in chants against the regime. “A crowd of Sudanese protesters—mainly women—necks craned, phones held up to capture the moment, looks toward a young woman standing on top of a car. Her white thobe a sharp contrast against Khartoum’s evening sky, she raises her right arm as she leads the crowd in a chant, all of them echoing her words back to her," is how Siobhan O’Grady of the Washington Post describes the viral video. The people are shouting “Thowra!” which is Arabic for revolution.
“I’m very glad that my photo let people around the world know about the revolution in Sudan … Since the beginning of the uprising I have been going out every day and participating in the demonstrations because my parents raised me to love our home. The day they took the photo, I went to 10 different gatherings and read a revolutionary poem. It makes people very enthusiastic. In the beginning I found a group of about six women and I started singing, and they started singing with me, then the gathering became really big.” Salah said.
“Salah said she does not come from a political background, and took to the streets to fight for a better Sudan. ‘Our country is above any political parties and any sectarian divisions.’ Her mother is a fashion designer working with the traditional Sudanese toub–the dress she was wearing in the photographs–and her father owns a construction company.”
Indian Patriarchal System Discriminating Against Women
Women are woefully underrepresented in Indian politics. India, the world’s largest democracy, has more than 431 million eligible women voters for the upcoming elections. Still, only its foreign and defense ministers are women at present. "Our political parties are very patriarchal and they discriminate against women," said Karuna Nundy, the lawyer who represented Nirbhaya, the 21-year-old woman who was brutally raped in December 2012, according to Deutsche Welle. "Although women's political participation has generally increased in India, the lower house of parliament (Lok Sabha) still has a meager number of female members—only 11%. A proposed bill to reserve 33% of Lok Sabha seats for women has still not been passed by lawmakers.” Finally, up to 65 million eligible women voters in India are expected not to vote.
Negative Impact of Trump’s Administration on Gender Pay Gap
The President has been touting his work on the pro-growth economic opportunity strategy—for women and for people of color. But the truth is, the division between the genders in pay is going through something of a widening. “Analysis of monthly jobs data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Current Employment Statistics survey shows that among the roughly 1.5 million private sector jobs gained by women in 2018, slightly less than 80 percent fall into four primary industry categories: education and health services; professional and business services; leisure and hospitality; and manufacturing,” says the Center for American Politics. This means that growth in jobs is being relegated to traditional sectors of the economy that women have occupied. "While women working full-time, year-round, on average, earn 80 cents for every dollar earned by men, analysis of data from the BLS’ 2018 Current Population Survey (CPS) Annual Social and Economic Supplement reveal that, on average, women working in three out of these four industries—which, combined, account for more than 60 percent of jobs gained by women in 2018—experience an even wider gender wage gap.” In fine, the Trump’s administration is not just a retrograde for women socially, it is also a retrograde for women economically.
Gun Control: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ahern Being Praised For Strong Stance
Domestically and overseas, Prime Minister Ardern is spoken of in terms of political awe largely because of the speed in which she served stiff punishment to semi-automatic firearms manufacturers and their defenders, a policy feat that has particularly stymied the United States. Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand who spearheaded a reformation of their gun control policy, was praised by Oprah Winfrey, Anna Wintour, and Hillary Clinton at back-to-back panels at Tine Brown’s elite Women of the World event last week. “I think that that was as strong a signal as we could get that given the chance, many women will govern and lead differently,” former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said at the conference of Ardern’s response to the terrorist Christchurch event that left 50 dead at two mosques.
Women To Be Included in US Negotiations with Ultra-Conservative Talibans
After 17 years of war in Afghanistan, the United States team that will argue for peace in Qatar with the ultra-conservative Taliban will, for the first time, include women. "There will be women among Taliban delegation members in the Doha, Qatar meeting," Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban's main spokesman, told NBC News via telephone.
Senator JP Morrell of Louisiana To Ratify The Equal Rights Amendment
Senator JP Morrell (D-New Orleans) of the Louisiana State Legislature is spearheading an effort to consider ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment. Should this pass—and it is unfortunately doubtful—Louisiana would be the 38th and final state needed to ratify the Amendment to the Constitution. "The founding fathers of the country did not intend for women to have equal rights," Morrell told a group of 150 gathered on the south side of the State Capitol. "It is now necessary to put it in the Constitution what is obvious: women are equal.” The Louisiana ERA web page with information on how you can get involved is here.
Cover Photo: Omar Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty Images)