Women's Fight Against Violence and For Justice in Northern Sudan


The Institute entered a partnership with the Chr. Michelsen Institute Norway (CMI) for the period of 2005 - 2011 on peacebuilding in Sudan. The project scope included research, capacity building at both Master and PhD levels and provision of literature to the library of Ahfad University for Women (AUW).

When this project ended, a linked project was established with the title “Women’s Fight Against Violence and for Justice in Northern Sudan”. The project aims to investigate both Islamic law as codified by the state and practiced by the courts, as well as customary law.

The project explores women’s strategies to bargain for their rights within their families, local communities and the state. It is particularly concerned with criminal law that confuses adultery and rape, and also with family law which allows for practices such as early marriages of girls. Against this background, the project explores the potential for Islamic law reform and women’s activism for change.

The project offers a scholarship to a master student in social sciences, law or gender studies to conduct fieldwork and write a master thesis on a topic related to gender-based violence in northern Sudan. It is funded by the Norwegian Research Council, and is based at the Chr. Michelsen Institute in cooperation with RIGDPR.