NPR | After Decades Of Islamic Law, Sudan Examines Women’s Role In Society

In Sudan, women are at the forefront of popular protests that toppled a longstanding autocrat. They are now challenging Sudan’s version of Sharia, or Islamic law.


Sudan talks between the ruling generals and leaders of a protest movement collapsed yesterday. This was the protest movement that forced the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir last month, an almost unthinkable development. He had ruled the country with brutal force for nearly 30 years. But another surprising aspect of this uprising was that women are leading protests. They have planned and organized while facing bullets and torture. And now a country that has lived for decades under ultraconservative Islamic laws is asking itself fundamental questions about the role of women in society. NPR’s Eyder Peralta reports.


EYDER PERALTA, BYLINE: In the capital of Khartoum, protesters have organized a huge sit-in outside the military headquarters. This is a different place from the old Sudan.

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