Sudan Ratifies Women's Rights Convention - With Reservations

The country's Ministers Council has ratified the United Nations' 1979 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). However, the majority-male council declined to endorse the notion that women are equal with men at all political and social levels and have equal rights in marriage, divorce and parenting. Women's rights groups criticised those reservations, saying they will not accept them. The post-Bashir transitional government endorsed some principles of human rights and women's rights last year, but activists are doubtful the government is willing to enact real reforms.


In what has become an iconic image of the Sudan protests, 22-year-old architectural engineering student Alaa Salah (@oalaa_salah) chants poetry from the top of a car, wearing traditional dress (file photo).

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