News from Sudan
The Ministry of Culture and Information announced that it had signed a partnership agreement with the United Nations Women Programme (UN Women) that would enhance the ministry's capacity and capability to advance women's empowerment and their political participation.
A member of the armed forces dressed in civilian clothing abducted journalist Etaf Al-Tom from his home in Khartoum and took him - blindfolded to an unknown location.
The Darfur Women Civil and Political Bloc Initiative decried the weakness of their participation in sovereign positions and decision-making across the country which they indicated did not exceed 10%. The constitutional decree had stated that the representation of women in government should not be less than 40%.
Two daily newspapers published an advertisement calling for the closure of national roads, which was paid for by a tribal council in the east of the country. The ad resulted in the suspension of the papers' issuance for three days by the National Council for Press and Publications.
The Free Federation of Bahrain Labors Unions condemned the dismissal of the union leader in the General Federation of Sudanese Labor Unions, Omar Al-Basha, from his job at the Sudanese News Agency (SUNA).