Following ten (10) months of horrific fighting in Sudan that have claimed thousands of lives, and led to enforced disappearances, forced evictions, and mass displacement; the people of Sudan are cut off from the outside world because of telecommunication outages, including disruptions to internet, calls, and data services.
On December 18th, the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) invaded Gezira State and initiated a new phase of the ongoing conflict. Unlike in Khartoum, where upon outbreak of the war, active combat was initiated between the RSF and the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) within residential neighbourhoods, in Gezira the RSF entered the state swiftly and without much resistance or combat with the SAF, whose forces had quickly withdrawn from the region. While active combat was minimal in the state
Since the onset of the Sudan crisis in April 2023, SIHA Network has trucked more than 104 cases of missing women and girls on social media, revealing a deeply troubling situation.
According to the latest update from the Sudanese Group for Victims of Enforced Disappearance in December 2023, out of the 842 civilians who have disappeared, 48 women and girls have been confirmed as forcibly disappeared. These stark numbers emphasize the urgent need for immediate action and justice to address the escalating disappearance crisis in Sudan.
This latest development is a significant and alarming extension of the brutal war that has plagued the country since April 15. The conflict was initiated with clashes between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), who took over Greater Khartoum, most of the Darfur region, and now Wad Madani City 180 kilometres South of Khartoum and across Gezira State, causing unfathomable suffering.
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…
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 …
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.
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
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
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.