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This chapter aims to understand why women were so visibly involved in the most recent revolution and how it relates to their struggles for peace, justice, and freedom during the dictatorship of Bashir. Women’s activism against discrimination and inequality that hamper their ability to live free of violence and contribute to society as full citizens has a long trajectory. Drawing on recent scholarship on women and the Arab spring, we argue that women’s legal and social status prior to the Sudanese revolution shaped women protesters’ demands. Drawing insights from the wider literature on why women protest, we contend that higher levels of gender discrimination and the presence of women’s organizations increase the likelihood of women’s protest. As in other revolutions in the region’s recent history, women’s participation was not spontaneous or momentary, but linked to women’s central role in defying these dictatorships

Liv Tønnessen

Director of Center on Law and Social Transformation and Senior Researcher

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Women and Peacebuilding in Africa
Affi, Ladan, Liv Tønnessen and Aili Tripp

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