History Homosexual activity in Sudan? Feb 1, —Sep 9, Yes No. Sources: lgbt-rights-hrw.
Stigma, discrimination against women, girls living with HIV persist in S. Sudan
Goal 5: Gender equality | UNDP in Sudan
Gender activists in Sudan have expressed their concerns about the decline in the gains that women have achieved during the past years. Speaking to Radio Dabanga, lawyer Amal El Zein, the control of extremist religious groups over the media and educational curricula has led to confining women again to a reproductive role. Yesterday, the United Nations Development Programme published an investigative report on gender inequality in Africa, claiming that discriminatory norms for women in Sudan and their restricted civil liberties are considered to be among the highest in sub-Saharan Africa. El Zein pointed out that the Personal Status Act affects the women's rights most. Recently, the work of women tea sellers on the streets in Khartoum and Omdurman has suffered from the withdrawal of permits by the state Commissioner.
Goal 5: Gender equality
Girls and boys see gender inequality in their homes and communities every day — in textbooks, in the media and among the adults who care for them. Parents may assume unequal responsibility for household work, with mothers bearing the brunt of caregiving and chores. The majority of low-skilled and underpaid community health workers who attend to children are also women, with limited opportunity for professional growth.
Judge Martha Jobe Jeremiah told South Sudan in Focus that society perpetuates the belief that women are the weaker sex, which impacts professional working women. While some South Sudanese hold on to patriarchal thinking, not all do. Jeremiah said that unless there is a change in that mindset, women will continue to face discrimination. There are about 40 female judges across the country, Jeremiah said, adding that most face the same challenges as female lawyers, because some defendants do not want their case heard by a female judge. Josephine Michael, a lawyer and advocate for her female colleagues, said most South Sudanese still believe male lawyers are better at handling, and winning, court cases than their female counterparts.