From White Teyab to Pink Kandakat: Gender and the 2018-2019 Sudanese Revolution

Miriam Engeler, Elena Braghieri, Samira Manzur
Content Type
Journal Article
Woodrow Wilson School Journal of Public and International Affairs
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Publication Date
Spring 2020
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
This paper provides a gender analysis of the 2018-2019 Sudanese Revolution, its goals and outcomes, and the strategies employed by protestors and state security forces. To do so, it sheds a light on how protesters drew on, emphasized, and mobilized along gendered identities. It pays particular attention to the part women played in mobilization efforts in the revolution and historic (dis)continuities of their role in mass mobilization. An analysis of protest spaces brings to light the way gender roles were practiced and negotiated within the movement. Examining the state’s response to the demonstrations, the paper highlights state forces’ gender-specific strategies to intimidate protesters and their practice of sexual violence. Lastly, the analysis turns to the first months of political transition. Women’s important roles in the revolution and their challenging of traditional gender roles have not yet translated into equal political representation in the transition, although some of their human rights demands have been met. The paper concludes by urging the Sudanese interim government to include the grievances and perspectives of women and marginalized groups in the negotiation of the country’s future both at the negotiation table and in the transitional legislative body.
International Relations, Gender Issues, Politics, Social Movement, Women, Identities, Revolution
Political Geography
Africa, Sudan