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Sudan

  • By: Miranda E. Jennings
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Sudan, a country in northeastern Africa, is the largest country in Africa. The population in 2009 was estimated at 42,272,000. Women are more impoverished than men, and the situation is worse in the war-affected areas of southern Sudan. Women do not have legal rights equal to those of men, and are poorer than men because of inequities in access to productive assets, discriminating values and customs, and lower compensation for women's work. Women share responsibilities with men, but do not enjoy comparable rights.

A woman's role in Sudan is to bear children and please her husband. According to Lt. General Omar Hassan al-Bashir, “An ideal Sudanese woman is one who takes care of herself, her children, her home, her reputation and her husband.” Women are not ...

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