‘The power of people's choice'
TAR: Is there fair representation for women in the leadership of the protest movement?
The female leadership in the movements and actual streets should be documented. On the organisation level – the logistics, the operations – there's a lot of women involved. But we don't just come as women participating, we come as women leading as well. [The idea from some men that ‘We'll deal with the women's issue later' surprised a lot of us. We are trying to find a way to work and make sure that the Declaration for Freedom and Change Forces (DFCF) still represents the revolution but understands that it has to be accountable for us as women and as people in the revolution, in the streets.
Can military violence derail the revolution?
We've dealt with their violence for a very long time. These people, they were violent to us, they were aggressive and not just in protests. They have been ruthless in the war, they've killed millions of people across the country from different forms of oppression and violence.
So we had a month's break. The chaos that people are afraid of has already happened and may continue to happen. So it can't be the reason for us to compromise.
Is the civilian leadership accountable?
It's really hot out there. It's very difficult to stay there, but it's also teaching us the power of these sit-ins, the power of people's choice. I think it puts pressure on the DFCF, on the Transitional Military Council, on anyone who wants to provide alternatives for the way forward that they have to be accountable to people in the street.
So whatever happens in the transition, it will have to remain accountable to the people in the sit-in, to these communities that will survive all of this.
So you wake up one day in your neighbourhood and the power is cut, you know how to ask for it, you know how to organise yourself. You go to the local level. If it doesn't work, you know what minister to go to. These are things that are being learned throughout, not just the past four weeks, but months and years.
Do you have faith in the revolution’s success?
If I'm frustrated, I just say 'the former president of Sudan Omar al-bashir'. It makes me smile for the whole day!