International Women’s Day is the perfect opportunity to recognise the incredible women that are moving Nile Swimmers forward in Sudan. Women first become involved in Nile Swimmers’ drowning prevention programmes in March 2015. Since then, more and more women have become involved in the organisation.
Despite a ruling by France’s highest administrative court last week that mayors do not have the right to ban burkinis on their town’s beaches, several mayors are enforcing the ban. Human rights organisations have pledged to take any mayor that attempts to keep the ban in place to court. In a world where over 372,000 Read More
Shortly before I last left Sudan I was asked: “Why do you teach women at these courses? There are so many women in Sudan and they are such a big problem. They all want to go on training courses and then when they have finished, they go and get married and have children. They will Read More
Most women in Sudan will cover their arms, legs and head when they are outside or in public. There are a range of outfits that women use to achieve this, from the most conservative women who wear a tight head scarf, gloves and an abaya, to those who wear skinny jeans, a flowing long-sleeved top Read More
The Women of Drowning Prevention Before WCDP 2015, I had seen a photo taken at the World Conference in Potsdam two years earlier. It was a picture of a group of men. “Where are all the women?“, I asked, only to be told that there were regrettable few women involved in the world of drowning Read More
When I was told that there would be lifeguard training for women in Sudan run by Nile Swimmers, I got really excited because Sudan has never had trained women lifeguards. I was going to join the first course and that made me feel proud. The course began on 5th October 2015 and it continued for Read More
A. To raise global awareness of drowning prevention and womens’ rights. So, it’s maybe not the best punchline to a joke ever… but actually, this is no laughing matter. On the 21st of November the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, six other Dutch women, and seven Sudanese women swam across the Blue Nile, finishing Read More