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07 Mar 2019 | 08:43 AM UTC

Sudan: Nationwide protests in support of women’s rights March 7

Sudan News Alert

Anti-government activists call for nationwide protests in support of women’s rights March 7; disruptions likely

TIMEFRAME expected from 3/6/2019, 11:00 PM until 3/8/2019, 10:59 PM (Africa/Khartoum). COUNTRY/REGION Sudan, Khartoum, Sudan


The Sudanese Professional Association (SPA) has called for protests to take place nationwide on Thursday, March 7, in support of women's right, ahead of the International Women's day on March 8. Rallies are expected to happen at numerous rallying points across the country, notably in the capital Khartoum and its twin city Omdurman. Heightened security measures and associated transportation disruptions are to be expected nationwide.


The protest in support of women's right comes amid weeks of nationwide anti-government protests.

Anti-government protests began on December 19, 2018, as hundreds of protesters gathered in major urban centers - notably Atbara (River Nile state), Al-Qadarif (Al-Qadarif state), Port Sudan (Red Sea state), Khartoum, and Al-Fashir and Nyala in Darfur region. Protests initially demanded increased government transparency and improved economic policies but have broadened to demand the resignation of President Omar al-Bashir, who has been in power since 1989 and has vowed not to step down until at least 2020. Curfews were implemented in at least eight cities, including Kosti and Rabak (White Nile state), Al-Qadarif, Atbara, Al-Damir and Berber (River Nile state), and Dongola and Karima (Northern state). The government has confirmed the deaths of at least 33 people due to protests, though human rights groups claim as many as 51 people have died and 1000 others have been arrested since the protests began.

President Omar al-Bashir declared a one-year state of emergency on February 22, dissolved the cabinet, and dismissed all state governors. He also banned all unauthorized rallies and gatherings on February 25, following weeks of anti-government protests. Opposition leaders defied the declaration and called on supporters to continue protests.


Individuals in Sudan are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate continued telecommunication disruptions, adhere to instructions issued by their home governments and local authorities, and avoid all protests and public gatherings due to the risk of violence and arrest.


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