Without global solidarity the women’s movement will collapse

NAZIK AWAD 23 March 2017 Borders are closing across the world, blocking women from the Global South both from seeking refuge, having a voice and working on global gender justice. In the wake of rising populism and authoritarianism in many countries where democracy and human rights used to prevail, women rights and gender justice are…

We cannot afford to be traumatized: the reality for grassroots advocates

NAZIK AWAD 10 April 2017 When human rights defenders are both advocates and victims, self-care can seem like an impossible luxury. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on mental health, resilience and human rights. . Local human rights defenders—who are fighting to stop global companies from destroying their people’s lands, or documenting horrific war crimes against…

Sudan: Where Rape Became the Cheapest Weapon

In a country headed by an internationally wanted war criminal, in a country divided internally by race, religion, and gender, civil wars have become an accepted destiny.  For more than 50 years of independence, Sudan has never witnessed peace; except for a few short years.  When the longest and most brutal civil war in South…

An Idealist on Death Row

BY CHRISTIAN CARYL | OCTOBER 3, 2012 – originally published on Foreign Policy Why the desperate fate of a little-known Sudanese human rights activists poses some fundamental questions about what it means to be human. You’ve probably never heard of Jalila Khamis Koko. As for me, I’ve only read about her. But it’s quite clear…

In Sudan: Women Made Revolutions

Sudanese Woman Activist 3 Jul 2012On 16 June 2012, dozens of young women in Khartoum University’s dorms started chanting loudly, “No to High prices”. As a result of the government’s austerity measures, the costs of meals and transportation became unbearable for female students. “The police cracked down on the dorms, fired tear gas, and beat…