Women in Sudan

Supporting the Rights of Women Worldwide

The future of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is in question, and that’s bad news for women. Luis Moreno Ocampo, the first Head Prosecutor of the ICC, explains why the institution matters to women.

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There’s a sadness to Amal — but it isn’t weakness. It’s like a firm, concrete melancholy. It’s hard to imagine her running away from anything. But here’s what happened: She had been teaching math when government forces torched her village in Sudan.

She and the villagers decided to make their way to a refugee camp. That, she says, is when she saw the baby.

A baby girl, no more than 5 days old, trying to feed off her mother, who was dead. Amal picked that baby up, and walked for three days to the camp. Then and there, she decided to become an activist for women and children.

Amal says hardly any men came to the camp — they were all fighting or dead. The camp was mostly women, rape victims, some pregnant, many suicidal.

“It’s a systematic targeting of women who are the bearers and the fabric of society,” says Monica Feltz, the executive director of the International Justice Project, which assists victims of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. She works with many victims of the Sudanese conflict.

Listen to Luis Moreno Ocampo on Public Radio International (PRI).