Sudan ratifies CEDAW

The Sudanese Cabinet ratified, Tuesday evening, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) with reservations on 3 articles.


Khartoum, Al Taghyeer


A statement of the Council of Ministers, seen by al-Taghyeer, explained that they have decided to make reservations to article 2 of the Convention, which provides for complete equality between men and women, and repeal of national penal provisions which constitute discrimination against women, as well as reservations to article 16 and paragraph 1 of article 29.


The Convention was ratified by the Cabinet in a session chaired by Prime Minister, Abdulla Hamdok. According to the statement, the Council has also ratified the Maputo Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. It is expected that the issue will generate a new controversy in the political scene and society in Sudan, especially by religious streams that have strongly objected to Sudan’s ratification of CEDAW for years. It is worth noting that the Cabinet adoption is not considered final, and it will not be so until after referring the agreement to a joint meeting between the Sovereignty Council and the Cabinet as an interim legislative authority, until the formation of the new Legislative Council.

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