Unbinding the Women of Sudan Lubna al-Hussein

2010 Oslo Freedom Forum
April 27, 2010

Sudanese journalist Lubna al-Hussein describes the desperate conditions that women in her country face every day. She explains that, through a set of laws inspired by a perversion of Islam, the current government has completely degraded women. Al-Hussein tells the story of how she was arrested simply for wearing pants and charged with “dressing indecently in public.” She reminds the audience that her case is by no means unique, and that tens of thousands of women are arrested every year in Sudan for similarly absurd offenses. The battle, al-Hussein says, “is not for pants, but for personal choice, for human rights.”