A quest for better protection: Sudanese women todayPosted: 11 November, 2021 | Author: AfricLaw | Filed under: Dunia Mekonnen Tegegn | Tags: (VAWG), African Protocol on Women’s Rights, arbitrarily arrest, CEDAW, child custody, child marriage, conflict areas, displacement, divorce, human rights, immoral behavior, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Islamic fundamentalists, Jebril Ibrahim, knee length skirts, lack of protection, marriage, Muslim Personal Law, Political commitment, public disgrace, Public Order Police Officers, sexual abuse, sharia law, social media, Sudan, tribal and militia violence, Violence Against Women Act, Violence against Women and Girls, wearing trousers, women rights violations | Leave a comment
Author: Dunia Mekonnen Tegegn
Human Rights Lawyer and Gender equality advocate
Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) is regarded as a prevalent and critical hindering factor for human development and peace-building in Sudan. Prior to the revolution, Sudanese women used to face a daily risk of being arbitrarily arrested in public or private places for “indecent or immoral behavior or dress.” Public Order Police Officers in Sudan had the power to decide what is decent and what is not. In most cases women are arrested for wearing trousers or knee length skirts. Though in 2019, the transitional Sudanese government rescinded the public order laws that governed women’s presence in public spaces, resulting in arbitrary arrests and ill-treatment, Sudan still needs to change other aspects of the public order regime that has a discriminatory effect on women.
Sudan is a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Though the Sudanese government approved the ratification of CEDAW and the African Protocol on Women’s Rights following years of demands from Sudanese women, the ratification of CEDAW came with reservations on the articles number 2, 16 and 1/29, which is a clear violation of the rule that prevents reservations that defeat the essential elements and goals of human rights covenants.