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Criminalizing Women's Dress Code in Sudan

"I'm Muslim. I'm Sudanese and I'll not put my Headscarf on"
Those words by Amira Osman; a Sudanese engineer and member of No To Women Oppression Coalition has led her to be prosecuted under article 152 of the criminal code which is "indecent dress code". If she found to be guilty she will be punished by flogging, paying a fine or facing imprisonment. her first trial was on 1/9/2013 and she is now waiting for the attorney general decision on the implementation of article 152 according to the request from her defense committee. Every year, thousands of Sudanese women are prosecuted for wearing indecent clothes. Amira chose to speak out and stand against those violations that aim to oppress and humiliate Sudanese women.

here is her story http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnUW0F3odXU

This multimedia story is part of an assignment for Voices of Our Future a program of World Pulse that provides rigorous digital empowerment and citizen journalism training for grassroots women leaders. World Pulse lifts and unites the voices of women from some of the most unheard regions of the world.

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SanPatagonia's picture

Enough is enough

Great job, Marla! You've attracted attention to a very interesting case, with sound grounds.
What was the outcome of the hearing on the 4th?

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Be a voice, tell a story, start the fire. | Sé una voz, cuenta una historia, enciende el fuego.

Marla's picture

thank you SanPatagonia

On the 4th Nov the hearing didn't take place. While Amira and her supporters gathered in the court. The judge was passing by when he told her that the trial will not happen until the attorney general respond to her request. neither a deadline for the attorney general decision nor her next court session date was identified. Activists regarded this delay as a way to distract the media attention and let the case be forgotten. Amira can expect the decision of the attorney general at any time may be next week or several months later and then she can be prosecuted and punished if found guilty.

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