Anab Mohamed: The Price To Pay To Be A Woman

Anab Mohamed is a women’s rights activist and contributer for World Pulse. Hailing from Sudan, she is currently residing in California, where her activism is focused on gender based violence on a global scale.

 

My name is Anab. I live in the United States, California. I am originally from Sudan, but born and raised in Saudi Arabia, where for the first time it became apparent to me the huge price a woman has to pay for being a woman. I am an independent activist, advocating for social justice, and political reform. I am here because I believe that when women are connected, they become inspired to drive the wheels of change.

My vision for the world is one that is inclusive of women, and where no woman has to suffer because of politics, law, culture, or religion. I plan to take the tools I have learned to inspire and give voices to the voiceless women in Sudan and elsewhere. I am currently volunteering with our local rape crisis center as a sexual assault advocate, and I want to carry on that experience to help survivors of rape in Sudan and anywhere where a woman had to face this grave crime and injustice.

I have written extensive articles on Sudan and women’s rights. Despite the corruption that is wreaking havoc in the nation, what disturbs any sensible person is that an uncovered head is likely to offend the eyes of the government more than the ongoing genocide, deteriorating health, education, infrastructure, and the mounting human rights abuses.

Change comes when we are aware of the connection between our own cultural norms and the ways in which they enable oppression of people, especially women. It is also important to recognize how these same cultural norms serve as mechanisms of oppression against women, by disallowing positive changes, such as the repeals of this law, to take place.

Global failure to amend laws that subjugate women reflects the arrival of political decay and dissolution, manifested in the moral decline of the governmental channels and institutions. These types of laws, which have existed for centuries, continue to be a source of suffering for women because they derive their power from conceptions and traditions that are built on the basis that the woman is a symbol of vice, immorality and shame. This allows them to operate and to be used easily in a society that, by its own nature, is a patriarchal one.

My Areas of Interest include but are not limited to:

  • Sexualized violence against female activists
  • Re-Interpretation of sacred texts from a female-centered perspective
  • Dismantling the so-called “Sharia” laws that are meant to degrade, and dehumanize women
  • Understanding how rape in conflict area such as Darfur can become politicized, and how this can create a huge gap between the survivor and her rights
  • Changing cultural misconceptions about women and how their bodies function
  • Help to end the practice of FGM
  • Understand how culture can give rise to, and/or support political regimes that in turn support laws aimed at inhibiting women’s growth and prosperity
  • Connecting to women locally and globally to empower and motivate each other to find solutions to our problems
  • Dismantling cultural rape stigmas, and end victim-blaming to help survivors reach their full recovery potential.
  • Empowering women through education so they are able to understand their rights, and advocate for themselves.

I look forward to gaining the tools I need to become an effective individual in helping women in any aspect of their lives, empowering them, and being an agent for positive change.

 

This narrative is part of MALA’s #16Days of Activism and #OrangeTheWorld Campaign against gender-based violence. Use the hashtags and submit your story to join the movement.

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