Letter from Africa: ‘We’re not cleaners’ – sexism amid Sudan protests

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In our series of letters from African journalists, Zeinab Mohammed Salih considers why female protesters are angry with their male counterparts.

The anti-government protests in Sudan are unwavering despite a state of emergency imposed in February.

This is largely thanks to the efforts of the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), which has been organising the demonstrations against President Omar al-Bashir’s nearly 30-year rule.

The body represents health workers, lawyers and teachers, amongst others – though some would argue, not women – even though it is estimated that more than 70% of the protesters who have been out on the streets since December are female.

The SPA got itself into hot water when it suggested that instead of a day of scheduled protests on Saturday 9 March, people come out instead to clean the streets.

The streets of the capital, Khartoum, are particularly mucky – and it was felt that a good tidy up would restore a sense of pride in the city.

Since the protests began, the SPA has been particularly praised for the beautiful language used in its statements calling for action.

However, in this instance it struck the wrong tone – urging women in particular to come out for the task because they “cared more about cleaning”.

Zeinab Mohammed Salih

The street-cleaning faux pas began as anger about the sexist attitudes of male protesters and has mushroomed into anger about how women are treated in Sudanese society”

The message was met with outrage by many female protesters – and sparked a debate on social media about the sexism of the uprising.

A day later, the SPA, which has female spokesperson, issued a contrite apology.

These protests began in reaction to a hike in bread prices – and then mushroomed into the most serious challenge to Mr Bashir’s hold on power since an Islamist-backed coup in 1989.

‘We are not queens’

Likewise, the street-cleaning faux pas began as anger about the sexist attitudes of male protesters and has mushroomed into anger about how women are treated in Sudanese society.

On social media, comments such as “even women have protested” have been a particular point of contention.

Protesting women are not a new phenomenon in Sudan. In 1946, 10 years before independence, the country’s first female doctor, Khalida Zahir, took to the streets against British rule and was arrested and flogged.

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Schoolgirls have also taken to the street in the anti-government protests

Another sore point is the recent use of the word “Kandaka” to describe a female protester.

Kandaka was the word used to refers to queens in the ancient Kush kingdom that ruled Sudan thousands of years ago.

The literal translation from Arabic of the controversial SPA statement read: “When is the cleaning day? On Saturday Kandaka – yes we mean you, because you care more about it.”

The dislike for the term hinges on the fact that female protesters don’t see themselves as above others – they are the people, taking the same risks as everyone else.

The irony of the word also angers others as they say there is no gender equality in the mainly Muslim country where female genital mutilation is still practised – almost 90% of Sudanese women have been cut.

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Women from all backgrounds and ages have been protesting – some on the frontline, others standing in front of their houses sheltering those who flee live ammunition or tear gas.

They have also been serving protesters with food and drinks.

‘The time has come’

Images have also been circulating on social media of prominent men who support the government and have criticised the demonstrations, mocking them by feminising their faces on Photoshop. The implication is that they are cowards.

This has led a group of feminists to launch a campaign called “Waqto wa naso”, meaning “The time has come”, calling for such sexist attitudes to be denounced.

According to the No To Women Oppression group, between 40,000 and 50,000 women are arrested and flogged each year by the police for flouting the country’s Public Order Act introduced by Mr Bashir’s government.

The law regulates what women can wear – they can, for example, be flogged for wearing clothes such as trousers that are considered indecent or simply for being out with men who are not their relatives.

Sudan’s Public Order laws

  • Article 152 of the Criminal Code applies to “indecent acts” in public
  • This can include wearing an “obscene outfit” or “causing an annoyance to public feelings”
  • Women must wear a headscarf and cannot wear trousers
  • Between 40,000 and 50,000 women are arrested and flogged every year by public order police because of their clothing
  • Women have also been charged under this law for being alone with a man
  • People can also be charged for drinking alcohol under these laws

Interestingly, earlier this month a court overturned flogging sentences for nine women accused of taking part in protests.

And the clean-up day in Khartoum did take place – with both men and women taking part.

These could perhaps be seen as signs of changing times for women in Sudan.

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Auburn’s Final Four run made history, now Tigers want to make more

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On the wings of a wild 77-71 overtime victory over longtime SEC foil Kentucky, Auburn is headed to the Final Four for the first time in program history.

To put into perspective of just how wild that previous line is, let’s look at two snapshots in recent history.

Nov. 22, 2017

It’s been two months since Auburn assistant Chuck Person was arrested by the FBI and hit with six federal charges of bribery, fraud and conspiracy. In the weeks since the FBI’s probe into college basketball rocked both the Tigers and college basketball on the whole, Auburn has put two other staffers on leave and suspended Austin Wiley and Danjel Purifoy indefinitely. The NCAA will ultimately rule that Purifoy and Wiley must sit out the entire 2017-18 season but can return in 2018-19.

Further complicating matters are reports that Bruce Pearl isn’t cooperating with Auburn’s internal investigation, and that as a result, he might be fired in the middle of the season. The comments of Auburn president Steven Leath on this day seem to back these reports up.

“There is no rush to judgement here and we have been working with the coach for weeks to find a solution to this difficult situation,” Leath wrote at the time. “Having three of his employees suspended or terminated is troublesome at best. His unwillingness to even talk to me about it is particularly troublesome.

”In addition I have many more facts than the fans and rest assured that I will make any decision based on facts, what is best for Auburn and not on emotion or perceptions from the past. I wish we were not in such a difficult situation, but we are, and Auburn will move past this regardless of the path chosen.”

From a purely basketball standpoint, things aren’t ideal either. Pearl’s first three years at Auburn had failed to produce a trip to the NCAA tournament or a finish better than 11th in the SEC. His Tigers, picked to finish ninth in the conference before the season, are off to a pedestrian 4-1 start that includes a 14-point loss to Temple in their only game against a quality opponent.

Auburn, of course, would go on to win a share of the SEC regular season title and earn a No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament. Pearl, who had seemed to be on the brink of termination just months earlier, would be rewarded with a contract extension.

Feb. 14, 2019

The day after an embarrassing 60-55 home loss to Ole Miss, Auburn sits at 16-8 overall and just 5-6 in SEC play. There’s talk that the Tigers could miss the NCAA tournament.

This was supposed to be the greatest season in Auburn basketball history. Pearl had navigated his way through the FBI stuff, he’d returned the bulk of production from an SEC regular season co-champion, and he’d gotten both Purifoy and Wiley to return to school following their one year suspension. Now, a team that was ranked No. 11 in the preseason AP top 25 poll was already in a position where it felt like it was fighting for its “right side of the bubble” life.

Auburn rights the ship to a degree over the next three weeks. They win six of their final seven regular season games, including a monumental 84-80 win over Tennessee that deprives Pearl’s old school of an SEC title. Even so, they mostly beat up on the bottom of the conference over that time, and their one loss is an 80-53 walloping at the hands of Kentucky. They’re safely in the NCAA tournament, but an 11-7 league record means they won’t get a bye to the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament. Most are expecting the Tigers to win a game or two in Nashville and then be a first weekend exit in the Big Dance.

What Happened Since

The most inexplicable snapshot of these three is the current one.

At some point over the last month, Auburn transformed from an underachieving major conference team destined for March disappointment to the Playoff Warriors.

The metamorphosis began in Nashville, where Auburn won four games in four days to capture its first SEC tournament title in 1985. In the championship game, the Tigers pasted a Tennessee team fighting for a No. 1 seed by a final score of 84-64.

The “they have to cool off at some point” continued to surround Auburn as the Tigers began their run in the NCAA tournament. They lit it up from the outside in wins over New Mexico State, Kansas and top-seeded North Carolina to set up Sunday’s showdown with Kentucky, a team that had already beaten them twice. Tipping the scales in the direction of the Wildcats making that number three was the fact that Chuma Okeke, arguably the team’s top performer in March, tore his ACL in the win over UNC.

And yet, after all of that, here Auburn is. Two wins away from a national championship for the first time in the 114-year history of the program.

Standing in the way of the Tigers’ run are now both Virginia’s vaunted pack line defense and a bit of history. A No. 5 seed is the only 1-8 seed that has never won a national championship. Five-seeds have made six (now seven) trips to the Final Four and three appearances in the national title game, but have never cut down the nets.

For an Auburn program that has been up against it throughout both its distant and recent past, another seemingly negative sign for the future might actually be comforting.

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Spalletti: ‘Icardi is humiliating for Inter fans, only Messi makes a difference’ | English News

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31 March at 23:15

Speaking to Sky Italia after the loss to Lazio, Inter manager Luciano Spalletti completely destroyed Icardi, once and for all explaining why the Argentine striker was left out. 

 

“Today, the only choice for Icardi was to stay out, it is only right that the others should play for how they have behaved. Credibility is needed and at this moment, it is right that others should play because in the locker room credibility is needed. 

 

“People say we lose many games without Icardi, but the team did not qualify for Champions League for years when he started. Inter have lost much worse games than this with Icardi. It is humiliating for fans to negotiate with a player to get him to wear the shirt they love. 

 

“Few players make a real difference, Messi is one of these, Icardi is not. The discipline is the true strength of a team and a professional. I have left players out for much less, in this profession you have to be credible. Let’s ask the Inter fans, let’s see if they are pleased that a player is negotiating to wear the shirt,” he concluded. 

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Sophie Turner reveals her Game of Thrones co-star Kit Harington was paid THREE TIMES more than her

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Sophie Turner reveals her Game of Thrones co-star Kit Harington was paid THREE TIMES more than her as she discusses her career, relationship and #MeToo

She has been propelled to stardom as a lead character in the American fantasy drama. 

But Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner has revealed her co-star Kit Harington is paid more than three times what she earns on the show.

The actress, 23, told Harper’s Bazaar she feels it is fair she earns less than Harington because he has a larger part.

Co-stars: Sophie Turner has revealed her Game of Thrones co-star Kit Harington is paid more than three times what she earns on the show

Co-stars: Sophie Turner has revealed her Game of Thrones co-star Kit Harington is paid more than three times what she earns on the show

Kit plays Jon Snow while Miss Turner portrays his half-sister Sansa Stark in the TV programme. 

Sophie reportedly earns £158,000 each week for the big-budget drama, while Harrington, 32, is said to take home £537,000.

‘Kit got more money than me, but he had a bigger storyline’, she said.

‘And for the last series, he had something crazy like 70 night shoots, and I didn’t have that many. I was like, “You know what… you keep that money.”‘ 

Pay: Sophie, 23, reportedly earns £158,000 each week for the big-budget drama, while Harrington, 32, is said to take home £537,000

Pay: Sophie, 23, reportedly earns £158,000 each week for the big-budget drama, while Harrington, 32, is said to take home £537,000

The Northampton-born star also opened up about her insecurities, adding: ‘Everyone can see what I’m really like in Game Of Thrones. I have a big nose and tiny little eyes and a double chin and that’s OK. I’m learning to love my bumpy nose.’ 

Sophie – who has been working in TV since she was a teenager – said she has been made to feel uncomfortable by inappropriate actions of some people in the industry.

‘I’ve had my moments where I’ve thought in hindsight, “That was not an OK thing for someone to do,” but I’ve never had anything as extreme as these awful Weinstein cases’, she said.

Speaking out: The actress, 23, said feels it is fair she earns less than Harington because he has a larger part

Speaking out: The actress, 23, said feels it is fair she earns less than Harington because he has a larger part

The actress also revealed she is planning a small wedding to fiancé Joe Jonas.

‘We’re trying to keep it as low-key as possible so it’s more of an intimate thing,’ she said.

Speaking about how they met, she added: ‘We had a lot of mutual friends and they’d been trying to introduce us for a long time.

‘We were following each other on Instagram and he direct-messaged me one fine day, out of the blue.

She said: 'For the last series, he had something crazy like 70 night shoots, and I didn't have that many'

She said: ‘For the last series, he had something crazy like 70 night shoots, and I didn’t have that many’

‘He’s lovely. He’s just the funniest. You wouldn’t expect he’s about to turn 30 this year. 

‘He’s the most fun, energetic, positive person I’ve ever seen. I’m pessimistic, so we balance each other out.’ 

Sophie described filming the final Game Of Thrones series as ‘like a death in the family’, adding: ‘I’m losing the character I’ve played so long.

The May issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK is on sale from Thursday. 

Interview: Sophie spoke in the latest issue of Harper's Baaar which is on sale on Thursday

Interview: Sophie spoke in the latest issue of Harper’s Baaar which is on sale on Thursday 

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eBay Consumer Support – Obtaining Support When Using eBay Systems

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A lot of men and women quit making use of the eBay tools merely mainly because they encounter some troubles that they were not able to resolve on their own. In case you are one of those men and women who have quit utilizing eBay after encountering some technical troubles while applying the method, you must not stop using eBay altogether.

When you encounter problems even though utilizing the eBay systems, simply go towards the eBay consumer support panel and get aid. The eBay buyer provider is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so you ask for support even during unholy hours of the night. No, you need not worry about disturbing men and women in their sleep. eBay buyer provider officers do not sleep and they are continually ready to assist you anytime you would like their assistance.

The fastest way to contact eBay customer program is by means of their Stay Enable program. Just click about the Dwell Support button on the eBay web site and start chatting with an eBay purchaser provider officer. When contacting eBay consumer support via Are living Help, offer as a lot data as you can about your concerns.

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Land tussle: Our lives no longer safe, Ayobo residents cry out

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….Beg MKO Abiola’s families to settle rift immediately to avoid bloodshed

By Olasunkanmi Akoni

lagos—For the umpteenth time, residents of 400 acres of land in Abiola Farms, Ayobo, located at Igbo Ilogbo, Ayobo, Ipaja-Ayobo Local Council Development Area, LCDA, Lagos State, comprising of seven Community Development Associations, have called on relevant authorities to come to their aid as their lives were under daily threat from hoodlums who invaded their community recently.

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The disputed land, the residents claimed belong to Radio Communication Nigeria, RCN, Limited, owned by late Philanthropist, Moshood Kashimawo Olawale, MKO, Abiola. The company is chaired by MKO’s first son, Kola Abiola.

Fresh crisis broke out recently within MKO’s families over legal battle on the true ownership of the land in Ayobo between RCN, Limited  and some section of the family.

Earlier, some members of the late Abiola’s family had publicly, disclosed their readiness to enforce a court judgment of March 14, 2019 that confers ownership of the over 400 acres of land at Igbo-Ilogbo in Ayobo, Lagos, on the late business mogul, MKO Abiola and called on all tenants to come forward for regularization of their titles or risk ejection.

However, the Chairman of RCN, who incidentally, is the first son of late MKO, Kola Abiola had described the   claim and moves by the warring party in the family, as ‘fraudulent’ exercise.

Addressing the media on behalf of seven Community Development Associations that made up the Abiola Farms, Mr. Richard Balogun, Chairman and Vice Chairman, Alhaji Ganiyu Dosunmu of the Golden Estate Landlord Association, who led a public demonstration at the weekend in the area, stressed that immediate intervention of the state government and relevant authorities became necessary to forestall bloodletting, as well as destruction of properties.

Anambra community protests ceding of 8500 hectares forest reserve to individual

According to Balogun who had earlier sent petition to relevant authorities: ”We residents in Abiola Farm, Ayobo, which comprised of about seven CDAs, who are currently land owners who had before now enjoyed peaceable possession of our respective lands and properties thereon having purchased same from RCM Limited who is the rightful owner and person entitled to the possession of the entire vast area of land with ‘ Plan No. R144 dated 25th March, 1977 with Deed of Conveyance, dated 28th March, 1977 and registered as No. 24 at Page 24 in Volume 1620 at the Land Registry office, in Lagos.

“However, on the 14th March, 2019, at about 9: am in the morning the relative peace of the community was shattered when Sheriffs of the High Court of Lagos State, Ikeja Division in company of yet to be identitied hoodlums and street urchins popularly known as Area Boys invaded the entire Community brandishing dangerous weapons and stinking of alcohol and sending panic into the hearts of the residents under the guise of enforcing a judgment of an Ikeja High Court between RCN Limited V. Alhaji Aliu Afariogun.”



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Wanda: ‘Icardi ready to play’

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Wanda Nara said husband Mauro Icardi “cares for his teammates and doesn’t need to say it out loud. He is ready to play” for Inter.

Icardi finally returned to training this week after discussions with lawyer Paolo Nicoletti, who was brought in as an intermediary, and was expected to be in the squad for tonight’s game with Lazio.

Instead, Spalletti left him out and tonight confirmed in an extraordinary Sky Sport Italia rant that Icardi was left out not for his fitness, but his behaviour.

He specifically noted it was “humiliating that you need to negotiate with a player to pull on the shirt” and blew the lid off the attempted diplomacy since Icardi was stripped of the captaincy on February 13 and felt knee pain the very same day.

“Mauro is ready and it’s all down to the decision of the Coach,” Wanda said on her TV show Tiki Taka.

She was asked if Mauro would go back and change some of the choices he had made.

“It depends on how you look at the situation. Mauro hasn’t spoken yet, we haven’t heard his version. All Mauro is waiting for is to play.

“He had a television camera right in his face throughout the game. He was willing the team on and obviously cares a lot for his teammates, but he doesn’t need to say it out loud.

“A player like Mauro is accustomed to hearing a lot of chatter, but he focuses on playing, scoring goals and helping Inter.”

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Adekuoroye, Oborududu and two other wins gold for Nigeria at on-going Africa Wrestling Championship

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Nigeria female wrestlers are writing their names in gold at the on going African Wrestling Championship in Tunisia.

A total of four gold medals has been win by the athletes as they continue their dominance of the continent.

Mercy Genesis won the Country’s first gold medal at the African Wrestling Championships in Tunisia following her victory overEgypt’s Nada Mohamed in the final of 50kg women’s category.

 

Before Odun Adekuoroye followed up with Nigeria‘s second goldmedal after another final victory over Cameroon’s Joseph Tiako57kg category.

 

The Four times African champion, earlier defeated Senegal’s Jeannette Sambou by pin fall (4-0).

Fast rising star Balogun Idowu Sunmisola added the third gold with a 1-0 win over Nour Jeljeli in the women’s 65kg category.

 

While Commonwealth champion Blessing Oborududu won Nigeria‘s fourth gold medal at the championship , she defeated Anta Sambou in the women’s 68kg category.

Meanwhile , Nigeria’s Aminat Adeniyi will meet Tunisia’s Marwa Amri in the women’s 62kg final at the ongoing Africa Wrestling Championships in Tunisia.

 

A win for her means she wil be winning the title for the fifth time.

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Someone is paying big money to sit in the 49ers’ draft room

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The NFL continues to find new ways to cram more and more cheese into the pizza.

The 49ers have sold two seats in their draft room for a whopping $22,000, via Darren Rovell.

Although the money will go to charity, this approach unlocks a high-end revenue stream that previously has gone untapped. And there’s no requirement that the revenue generated by this kind of thing be donated.

Patrick Ryan of Entellect points out that a package including a training session with Jimmy Garoppolo and a road trip with the team went for $29,000 as part of the recent 49ers Foundation auction.

Experiences can become the next expansion of things fans will pay for, starting with autographs and shifting to game-worn memorabilia. These experiences are truly unique, and there’s no concern that the experiences will be anything other than the real thing — a very real risk when it comes to buying game-used articles.

Being in the draft room or hanging out with the starting quarterback or flying on the team plane or staying at the team hotel or sitting in the locker room before a game is as genuine and authentic as it gets. For players and coaches, however,, it also may be seen as an invasion and a distraction, and that’s where things will get interesting, if/when the 49ers and other NFL franchise try to cram cheese into (and pull cash from) previously exclusive team activities.



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