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Periods Don’t Stop for War! Stand with Sudanese Women and Girls: They Need Your Help Now!

The current conflict in Sudan, which started on the 15th of April and has claimed over 4,000 lives, and has been characterized by high rates of SGBV, has also created a severe scarcity of menstrual products throughout the country.
Women and girls who have been displaced to other neighbourhoods, cities and states are usually forced to leave under gunfire and threats of sexual violence without carrying necessary dignity kits…

Do not ignore the suffering of Sudanese women

When the people of Sudan took to the streets to call for the ouster of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir in 2019, women were at the forefront, leading the movement for democracy and change. It was estimated that women – who have long endured marginalisation, harassment and sexual violence in Sudan – made up as many as two-thirds of the protesters. Who can forget the viral image of the young protester Alaa Salah standing atop …

Press Statement: Urgent Call for Action on the Crisis in Sudan

Nairobi, 23rd November 2023 — We, the Sudanese and African front-line women peace activists, convened by the Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) Network, call for global solidarity with Sudan. The “Feminist Peace and Solidarity Conference: Women Leading Peace,” held on November 22-23, 2023, brought together over 140 participants, with a special focus on the unique challenges faced by women and peacemakers during the ongoing conflict.

Press Release: SIHA to host Pan-African Feminist Peace Conference to Spotlight Gender-Based Violence and Atrocities in Sudan’s Ongoing Conflict

Efforts to maintain and obtain power in Sudan are highly gendered; mass atrocities, including sexual violence, as well as other forms of gender-based violence, have been used by every regime, first under the al-Bashir regime and the militant Islamists who enabled violations against the rights of women and girls in both urban and rural areas, but particularly in Darfur, where the al-Bashir regime established

Statement: Condemnation of Harassment and Intimidation of Women Peace Activists and the Rapidly Shrinking Civic Space in Sudan

In Sennar, on September 21st, Sudanese military intelligence staff suspended a public event organized by women peace activists. Three days later, the state’s security committee forcefully interrupted another peaceful public event in Kassala, Eastern Sudan. This committee is a branch of the Kassala state security apparatus, which includes members from the state police, military intelligence, and NISS

Statement by Ms. Hala Al Karib at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security

Today’s open debate on women, peace, and security (WPS) is an opportunity to reflect on the urgency of this agenda and why women’s rights must be central to addressing any conflict or crisis. Sadly, my country, Sudan, starkly illustrates the consequences of failing to do so.
The current conflict in Sudan is a result of decades of violence against civilians, violence that has impacted nearly every aspect of women’s lives. During this time, mass atrocities, including sexual violence, rape, and other forms of gender-based violence, have been used against my people

Silent Weapons-Loudest wounds

SILENT WEAPONS,LOUDEST WOUNDS: Addressing the Crisis of Sexual Violence in Sudan

Since the outbreak of war in Sudan on April 15, 2023, civilians in Sudan, particularly women and girls, have experienced mass suffering and violence due to the conflict and have faced a spectrum of violations of their rights. These violations are a direct product of the conduct of all parties to the conflict, particularly the two largest—the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), both representatives of the state, whose political break and assumption of hostilities drove the country into a civil war. The bulk of the combat is currently conducted in Khartoum and Darfur, with further fighting in Kordofan.

SIHA Statement to the 77th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (in English & French) – Read to the Commission on 22 October 2023

Honourable chairperson, honourable commissioners, excellencies, state delegates, distinguished representatives from human rights organizations, institutions, civil society, and all those concerned with the state of women’s rights in Africa, thank you for this opportunity to participate in this auspicious occasion by presenting the following statement.

Civil Society Advocacy Letter on Situation in Sudan to the Honourable Ministers of Côte d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Malawi, & South Africa

SIHA Network applauds the Human Rights Council vote to pass the motion to establish a fact-finding mission on Sudan. This is an important step toward ensuring that perpetrators of human rights abuses and war crimes will be held accountable. We are grateful to the solidarity of African women across the continent who stood strongly by the women of Sudan…