Woman in Sudan takes to street in search of husband

Dubai: One Sudanese woman has taken her research to a new level for a husband. She went around Khartoum holding a placard desiring a husband. 

While wearing a black facemask and standing next to a traffic signal, the woman was captured holding a placard, in which it is clearly mentioned: “I want a groom, I want to marry. I accept polygamy.”

Not only did she write that she needed a husband, but she also wrote her mobile phone at the bottom of the placard. With this move, she became the talk of the town soon after her pictures got viral on all social media platforms. 

For the past, some years, Sudan (Africa) has reported a significant drop in the marriage rate and a considerable growth in the number of divorces. 

Two years back, in 2020, the marriage rate decreased by 21 percent compared to 2018; the country witnessed 142,949 marriages in 2020 compared to 180,563 in 2018. 

As per the study of experts, the significant drop happened because of many reasons, including the dire economic condition of the country and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Meanwhile, shocking statistics from the Sudanese court last year showed that seven divorces appear every hour in Sudan, carrying the number of cases to more than 60,000 in 2020.

In Sudan, women are still fighting for their equal rights amid new legislation such as the Personal Status Law of 1991, which permits child marriages and states that women can only marry if they have permission from a father or male guardian.

Women in Sudan have newly gained freedoms since the 2019 process that saw former president Omar-al Bashir dismissed from office after 30 years in power. Women now hold top leadership roles, and genital mutilation has been banned.

The current legal marriage of children in Sudan is at the age of 18 after the nation removed all immunities to the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC) in late 2020. This ratified all articles and explicitly outlawed child marriage.