VIDEO: Sudanese Women Rise and Dance

   •    July 15, 2013

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If you can invest 12 minutes to warm your heart, watch this incredible video featuring several of our Women Waging Peace Network members from Sudan. It’s part of the One Billion Rising campaign to end violence against women around the world.

The four key women speaking are longtime Network members and part of our coalition of Sudanese women leaders: Zaynab El Sawi, Fahima Hashim, Kamilia Kuku, and Samia Nihar.

“Incredible” is an appropriate word to use. These women face great personal risk in speaking out about harassment, child marriage, domestic abuse, and discriminatory laws. To gather hundreds of young women to dance against violence—and to make a video about it—is powerful.

It reminds me that we need to always have hope because, wow, these women have courage and a whole lot of vision.

Jacqui O’Neill is the director of The Institute for Inclusive Security. She is responsible for overall policy, political advocacy, and field research and heads the Institute’s African regional initiatives.

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