Reem Abbas

Communications Professional and Women's Rights Activist, Sudan

Region(s): Africa
Country of focus: Sudan
Based in Cairo


Current Occupation: Communications Professional and Women's Rights Activist, Sudan
Language: English, Arabic


The War to Take Over West Darfur and its Capital, Al-Geneina The Tahir Institute for Middle East Policy Sep 26, 2023

When The Only Way Out Is Death African Feminism Aug 26, 2023

Sudanese Feminist Sisterhood: At the frontline of radical resistance and solidarity Alliance Magazine Aug 14, 2023

A First-Hand Account of Sudan’s Civil War  VICE  Aug 2, 2023

Money Is Power: Hemedti and the RSF’s Paramilitary Industrial Complex in Sudan The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Jul 26, 2023

The men on the roundabout CMI Blog Jun 2023

Sudan’s war leaves its history and culture in ashes Mail & Guardian Jun 16, 2023

‘Khartoum was lit with savage fire’: five Sudanese writers on the country’s nightmare conflict The Guardian  Jun 2, 2023

Incentivizing peace only leads to more war in Sudan Coauthor Fragile States Index Jun 1, 2023

War has arrived Africa is a Country May 30, 2023

Khartoum is Being Destroyed. What Does that Mean for Sudan? The Horn Podcast May 25, 2023

Precious Sudanese university archives destroyed by fire and looting in Omdurman The New Arab May 17, 2023

Reem Abbas on the situation in Khartoum and hopes for Sudan RNZ Radio New Zealand Apr 29, 2023

Sudan in crisis: civilians caught in a military power struggle Nothing Is Foreign CBC Podcast Apr 27, 2023

Gendering Geopolitics with Kallie Mitchell: Reem Abbas NewLines Apr 26, 2023

Women on the Frontlines: A Feminist Perspective on the Ongoing Crisis in Sudan WILPF Analysis Apr 26, 2023

Analysts: Countries Concerned About Sudan War’s Impact on Broader Region VOA Apr 25, 2023

Men Fighting, Women Breaking-up: Sudanese Women’s Movements, the Wing of the Patriarch? African Arguments Apr 13, 2023

(UN)DOING RESISTANCE – Attacks on the Arts in Sudan’s 30 years of Islamist rule. Nyamishana’s Podcast Nov 30, 2022

A city divided: Port Sudan Africa is a Country Nov 30, 2022

Tokens of Peace? Women’s Representation in the Juba Peace Process African Conflict & Peacebuilding Review Fall 2022

How the Sudanese diaspora mobilizes its diverse expertise especially in the provision of healthcare Shabaka Nov 9, 2022

“We have been quiet for so long”: Sudanese women’s coalitions in post-revolution Sudan Safer World Sep 2022

Women try to bring peace to war-torn areas in Sudan CMI Reflections Aug 2021

Women give their perspectives on peace in East Sudan CMI research publications July 2021

Death toll rises from fighting in Sudan’s West Darfur: UN Al Jazeera April 6, 2021

Bring back the public order lashings? CMI Sudan blog Jan 2021

It’s Time for Results as Sudan Enters Second Year of NDC Partnership InterPress Service Nov 24, 2020

Sudan’s Partners Pledge almost $2Bn but Is it Enough? InterPress Service June 26, 2020

Sudan, Where Illegal Abortions remain Dangerous and Deadly InterPress Agency June 22, 2020

Sudan still struggles under Omar al-Bashir’s shadow Al Jazeera Opinion Apr 2020

Opinion: Sudan is tasting freedom for the first time. We can’t turn back. Washington Post Oped April 23, 2019

Sudan’s Unfinished Revolution: The Dictator Is Gone, but the Fight Continues The Nation Apr 26, 2019

How the press emerges from the coup in Sudan Columbia Journalism Review Apr 13, 2019

Sudan’s protests: The revolt of the periphery Al Jazeera Jan 28, 2019


Reem Abbas (@ReemWrites) is a Sudanese feminist activist, journalist, writer, researcher and independent communications expert. She is a political commentator with expertise in women’s rights and civic space.

Reem is a 2023-2024 Nonresident Fellow at The Tahir Institute for Middle East Policy, focusing on land, conflict, and resources in Sudan. In April 2023 she was appointed communications coordinator at the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) for a joint program with MenEngageAlliance called Confronting Militarised Masculinities: Mobilising Men for Feminist Peace.

Reem is coauthor with Ruba El Melik of (UN)DOING RESISTANCE: Authoritarianism and Attacks on the Arts in Sudan’s 30 Years of Islamist Rule. Publication was announced by Andariya in 2022.

She won the Blogher International Activist award in 2011 for her blog on human rights and current affairs in Sudan.  Reem has worked at two Sudanese independent newspapers, and her writings on press freedoms have appeared in Index on Censorship and the Doha Center for Media Freedom. Reem’s articles on human rights and the peace process in Sudan have appeared in the CS Monitor, Al-Monitor, the Guardian, Open Democracy, African Arguments, Womens E-News, Africa Review, the East African newspaper among other media outlets.

She has conducted high level advocacy for several organizations, including the African Commission and the United Nations. She has also coordinated large-scale campaigns for the SIHA) network,  most prominently the Maryam Yahya campaign, as well as for

Reem studied sociology and journalism at the American University in Cairo and pursued gender and migration graduate studies at Ahfad University for Women in Sudan. Her thesis was on political refugees in Sudan.