KHARTOUM (Sudanow) - The 2018 Human Rights Award, bestowed annually by the Delegation of the European Union to Sudan, was awarded to Nahid Jabrallah, the director of Sima Centre for the Protection of Women and Children, in recognition of her efforts to defend the rights of women and children.
Addressing the event, head of the Delegation, Ambassador Jean-Michel, pointed out that this year marks the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations.
Ambassador Jean-Michel announced that the celebration of the Human Rights Day this year “is devoted to the human rights of Sudanese women and to equality and justice for women.”
He lamented: “Despite the excellent constitutional provisions and the existence of a national policy [in Sudan], more efforts are needed to promote women’s rights in the country.”
In her acceptance speech, Jabrallah calleded for the amendment of laws that violate women's rights, especially the laws of public order, personal status and criminal law. She also called on the government of Sudan to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Violence against Women (CEDAW).
She stressed the need to ban FGM and the marriage of underage girls. Jabrallah said that she is dedicated to the survivors of violence and all those who defend their rights.
She said the award gave her greater sense of responsibility and motivation to continue working for human rights.
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