Women play a prominent role in Saharawi society. This is attributed to the traditionally nomadic society in which women ran communities whilst men travelled. The Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) is a liberal democratic state, with equal rights enshrined in the constitution. Women occupy 34% of seats in the Saharawi parliament, the National Union of Saharawi Women plays a prominent role in the camps and women can divorce without shame.
In the Occupied Territories. Aminatou Haider known as the “Saharawi Ghandi” is Western Sahara’s most prominent human rights defender. She is President of the Collective of Saharawi Human Rights Defenders (CODESA) and a former Nobel Peace Prize nominee. Because of her activities against the occupation, Aminatou has spent years in prison. On one occasion she spent four years in a secret prison without charge or trial, blindfolded for the entire duration. She has been tortured and had electrical shocks administered throughout her body. In 2009 her 32 day hunger strike at Lanzarote airport, after the Moroccan government denied her entry to Western Sahara, attracted international attention. She recently came to London for a week of talks and meetings in a visit organised by WSCUK. Find out more about her stay here.
WESTERN SAHARA CAMPAIGN UK
The Western Sahara Campaign works in solidarity with the Saharawi people to generate political support in order to advance their right to self-determination and to promote their human rights.
Our role is to lobby the UK Government and the EU. You can help us to ensure the UK does not ignore the voice of the Saharawi people.
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