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9 May 2019 - I wholeheartedly support Zeinab Badawi’s op-ed “Women, hopeful for change, are driving Sudan’s uprising” (May 6), in which she refers to my eminent classmate at Oxford university, Sadiq al-Mahdi, and to his (brilliant) daughter Maryam.
Following on from Ms Badawi’s plea for the recognition of women’s role in society, and of their additional untapped potential in light of the inspiration they have once more provided, my concrete suggestion is that the new leadership of Sudan end the stubborn anomaly of Sudan being the only Arab UN member state, and one of only three in the world, not to have signed the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
I am sure Mr al-Mahdi will be part of this new leadership and that he will respond to this appeal. And please don’t count him out as part of the “old guard” as he will still beat many younger folk at polo!
Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue, Geneva, Switzerland