Meet the Iconic Women Behind the Sudan Uprising

by on April 12, 2019

Tens of thousands of jubilant Sudanese, including women and children, were seen marching towards the military headquarters in the capital waving the national flag, singing and clapping. These women have been at the forefront of the unrest that has seen the end of Bashir’s tenure.

According to the BBC, an estimated 70 per cent of the protestors are women. Among calls to end corruption, unemployment and harassment of opponents, these women have also demanded an end to sexism that infringes on their rights.

One of these brave women was Alaa Salah. The 22-year-old architecture student went viral after a photo of her standing on a car and speaking with one arm raised high was shared on social media.

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The photo was taken on Monday night in the centre of Khartoum, amid tens of thousands who thronged the roads in front of the heavily guarded complex housing the military headquarters and other intelligence services.

The picture of the woman in white with gold earrings suddenly became an icon of the protest as well as a symbol of female leadership.

“She was trying to give everyone hope and positive energy and she did it,” Lana Haroun, who took the picture told CNN.

“She was representing all Sudanese women and girls and she inspired every woman and girl at the sit-in. She was telling the story of Sudanese women … she was perfect.”

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