In early 2019 Sudan had been gripped by months of political turmoil that climaxed with the army overthrowing long-time dictator Omar al-Bashir on April 11th. The protests began in December 2018 with civilians decrying the shortages and economic hardships that had become increasingly unbearable for the citizens of Sudan. This initial trigger let loose an …
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The foundations of systemic discrimination that were laid long before Sudan’s independence in 1956, continue to be visible within the institutions and structures of the Sudanese state today. Its geographical location on the border of the African Savanah paved the way for Sudan’s history of involvement in the slave trade, which has largely contributed to an inherited ethnic and cultural pluralisation among the population inhabiting Sudan.
Sudan’s history is replete with periods of fierce contestation about what kind of nation Sudan could be, and what its future should look like. Few periods are a better example of this than the recent 2019 revolution, in which the Sudanese people fought to re- establish their voices in this debate.
Photography: Ahmad Mahmoud Today SIHA launches its latest publication entitled Negotiating Space: Sudanese Women’s Access to Vocational Education & Employment. Drawing on SIHA’s Breaking Gender Stereotypes Phase II project, the paper explores how urban poor women experience access and opportunity in vocational training and subsequent employment in Greater Khartoum, Sudan. To contextualize this analysis, the …