Standing Up to Sexist Sudanese Indecency Laws

Check out Katha Pollit’s piece about UN press officer and general badass Lubna Hussein, who is standing up against the sexist Sudanese government. Hussein was one of the 13 women charged under Sudan’s Article 152 Criminal Code, prohibiting “indecent” dress, on July 3rd. Their crime? Um, pants. 10 of the 13 women accepted a plea bargain, but not Hussein. Pollit reports:

Lubna Hussein and two others insisted on going to trial– even though losing in court will mean forty lashes and a much bigger fine. In fact, Hussein resigned her UN post so as not to have immunity — she wants to win this battle on principle, not a technicality, and have the dress-code law abolished. ‘I will take my case to the upper court, even to the constitutional court,’ she told The Guardian . ‘And if they find me guilty, I am ready to receive not only 40 lashes, I am ready for 40,000 lashes. If all women must be flogged for what they wear, I am ready to be flogged 40,000 times.’

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