Khartoum, Sudan – Omnia Hamid is pretty laid back about whether the turquoise scarf loosely covering her head stays there. As she sits at her desk at work, it keeps falling of, onto her shoulders and even when she tugs it back onto her head, it just slips off again. In this, Omnia, a office employee in her early thirties, is typical of many urban educated young women in Khartoum. She covers, but not obsessively, and is as happy in trousers as skirts.
“I am very comfortable with the way I dress,” she says later, relaxing on a magenta sofa next to her sisters at their her home. “Islam is about principles and beliefs, it is not about the way you dress. In fact I only own three skirts.” Continue reading “Sudan:Poor women are flogged for ‘indecent’ dressing”