For decades, discussing gender-based violence in Sudan was out of the question—and data on the topic sorely lacking, UN News reports via AllAfrica.
The transitional government that followed the overthrow of Omar al Bashir in April 2019 has expressed more openness to advancing women’s rights, criminalizing female genital mutilation, and allowing GBV issues to be discussed and researched.
One big step: This week, the country’s first-ever nationwide qualitative assessmentof GBV was released, drawn from 215 community focus groups, discussions with GBV experts, and existing studies and assessments.
- Girls are blamed for being harassed and raped.
- Domestic violence is “very common” and not viewed as a severe violation of women’s rights.
- Forced marriage is “prominent.”
- The movement of women and girls is severely restricted.
- A corrupt legal system offers little recourse for GBV victims.
Offering up 6 recommendations to address these ills, the authors see the report as an initial step toward addressing violations of women’s rights.