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Sudan’s Arman pledges to uphold women’s rights

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By Ngor Arol Garang

March 3,2010 (KHARTOUM) – The SPLM national presidential candidate, Yasir Arman, has said his government will uphold women’s rights saying violence against women is the most blatant form of discrimination and violation of human rights.

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"This is why I accepted to be arrested by security forces when we took to the street demanding democratic reform laws to the national constitution," he said urging women to vote for him saying he will try by all means to address the vexing problem of violence against women.

The national figure, who draws on diverse support from the Southern region as well as in his native North Sudan, was making reference to when he was arrested and beaten at a protest in front of the National Parliament building in December 2009.

Arman was speaking at the opening meeting of the SPLM Northern Sector Student Women’s League held at its headquarters in Morgran, north of Khartoum.

He said there is a link between women’s issues and the attainment of Millennium Development Goals and any setback in addressing gender issues would affect achieving of millennium development goals because Sudan is part of the world.

Therefore, Sudan needs a government that will increase immediate removal of all laws which promote discrimination against women, he said, stressing that the most pressing form of violence against women is sexual violence, particularly in the war-torn region of Darfur.

He said that progress in addressing gender issues is closely linked to economic and social growth at national and global levels.

"Gender equality is the key to growth. We must make sure that we attain it," he said to a round of applause. He also made reference to the global financial crisis that drove down oil prices and consequently hurt the economy of Sudan.

"The financial crisis has hit poor women the hardest and put them in a more precarious position," he said.

He further stated that although there is a slight improvement in the number of prenatal health care units in the urban towns, a lot still needs to be done in the rural areas. In many cases, the rate of maternal mortality is still unacceptably high there, he asserted. "This problem has to be resolved to give women an opportunity to contribute to the development of their countries," he said.

The Public Order Police (POP) crackdown on breaches of laws relating to decency and maintaining the peace came into the spotlight after last year’s high-profile conviction of Sudanese female journalist and UN employee Lubna Hussein, was briefly jailed for wearing trousers in public after being spared the lashes.

In the same year, another Christian Southern Sudanese teenager Silva Kashif was arrested while walking to the market near her home in the Khartoum suburb of Kalatla.

Her mother Jenty Doro told Reuters that Khashif was taken to Kalatla court where she was convicted and punished by a female police officer in front of the judge.

The flogging in Sudan of women has caused outcry throughout the world and among rights groups. However, Khartoum remained unapologetic on the issue.

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  • 4 March 2010 05:21, by The Best Generation

    SPLM must win this election,to end this long standing yoke the marginalized Sudanese citizens from all walks of life in general and for Women and youth in particular!
    SPLM OYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

    Yours Cdely

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  • 4 March 2010 05:27, by Majok e Deng

    The Bashir threocratic regime does not recognize women right, rather invokes Islam as a reason for the lack of women right in Sudan. I don’t think Islam is against women right. Instead Bashir regime is evil toward woment in Sudan.

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  • 4 March 2010 06:09, by babadit

    Mr. President , that was the point of the SPLM , we have to make change, sudan as a whole should be a safe place for women and children because they are the people with future in this country.
    Arman will continues promoting the ideas of the movement every where in sudan regardless of referandum for the south

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    • 4 March 2010 07:18, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Women vote for Saad Yasir Arman SPLM candidate for change in your economic status see how you are being suffering under the police arrest, in selling tea within Khartoum town and any places.Your former Criminal President Omer Bashir Make some Changes within only rich community while the poor community has been forgotten,Saad Yarsir Arman has come for change,especailly for you the women within urban and the Rural areas,please vote for your president Saad Yasir Arman.

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  • 4 March 2010 07:18, by Dinka Boy

    Yassir Arman for president of Sudan.
    Arman oyee and South must vote our hero 100%.
    Thanks

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  • 4 March 2010 07:33, by murlescrewed

    SPLM Oyeeeee!! CDE Arman OYeeeee!!! It is long overdue for a true leader to run for election in Sudan. CDE Arman is the man of vision and will give equal rights to all Sudanese people irrespective of race, colour, GENDER, and other physical characteristics. We must turn out in greater numbers to ensure that CDE ARMAN is the next PRESIDENT of the Republic of SUDAN!!

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