Sudan votes to ratify UN women’s rights convention

Sudan’s Council of Ministers voted this week to ratify the United Nations’ 1979 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), but with exceptions. The Cabinet declined to endorse the notion that women are equal to men at all political and social levels and have equal rights in marriage, divorce and parenting. 

Sudanese women played a key role in ending Omar Al-Bashir’s authoritarian rule and women’s rights groups have pushed for more participation in the government. They criticised the Cabinet’s reservations, saying it contradicted the goal of the convention and they will not accept them. 

The convention was instituted in 1981 to promote equal rights for women and girls, and has been ratified by 189 states. Iran, Somalia, and the US are among the countries that have signed but not ratified the agreement.

Source:  VOA news

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