Meet the only female candidate in Sudan’s elections

first_img71 year old Fatima Abdul Mahmoud is the only woman running in the race for the top political position in  Sudan’s elections.She was in 1973 one of the first women to hold political office in Sudan, and she contested the April 2010 Sudanese general election as the country’s first female presidential candidate.Fatima knows the race is not easy but she knows that her ambitions will push other women in Sudan to believe in themselves to run for the countries top job.She is a Soviet-educated professor of medicine and public health.Her Democratic Socialist Union Party wants equal rights for women in Sudan where the perception that women lack the qualities and experience to hold high office is deeply rooted.Parliamentary careerFatima was born in the mid-1940s. She studied medicine in Moscow in the 1960s and qualified as a paediatrician.She was in 1973 appointed deputy minister of youth, sports, and social affairs. Her appointment, along with that of Sayeda Nafeisa Ahmed al Amin as a member of the ruling Sudanese Socialist Union politburo, made international news at a time when contemporary estimates put the Sudanese female literacy rate at 10 per cent. She served in parliament for 10 years.Presidential candidacyIn April 2010 Sudan held its first fully contested elections (i.e. the first to include candidates from opposition parties) since 1986. Abdel Mahmoud’s presidential candidacy, along with that of two other aspirants, had in January 2010 been rejected by the Sudanese National Elections Commission, which claimed that Abdel Mahmoud’s campaign had failed to secure the necessary stamps on a required list of signatures endorsing her candidacy. Abdel Mahmoud and her supporters protested the decision, which they described as representative of a conspiracy against women, and her candidacy was reinstated by an appeal court before the election.Many opposition parties eventually boycotted the poll, claiming that it was rigged in favour of incumbent president Omar al-Bashir.Al-Bashir went on to win the election decisively. Election results showed that Abdel Mahmoud had polled 0.3% of the total vote.“Professor Fatima Abdul Mahmoud, presidential candidate 2015, my sign is the dove, I ran in these elections to prove that women have the right to high authority as president, that this was a successful experiment around the world.”Mahmoud is running as the lead candidate for the Democratic Socialist Union Party.She’s up against 15 competitors, including incumbent president Omar al-Bashir.Oservoers say President Bashir is expected to win the elections. Fatima Abdel Mahmoud is a Soviet-educated professor of medicine and public health.last_img read more

San Francisco Giants trade buzz: What to expect at this year’s deadline

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — There are still seven weeks until Major League Baseball’s July 31 trade deadline, but the Giants are considered one of the teams most likely to be an active “seller.”Under first-year president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, the Giants’ front office is tasked with reshaping the roster and building toward a more successful future. One of the fastest ways Zaidi and Co. can inspire hope is to acquire young talent and he’ll have ample opportunity to do so this summer.In …last_img

Women engineers employed at Tata Steel mine in Jharkhand

first_imgPrivate steel manufacturer Tata Steel has employed women engineers at its Noamundi iron ore mine in Jharkhand, a release said. The company has recruited ten women officers from mining, electrical, mechanical and mineral processing engineering disciplines, the firm’s statement said on September 2.“Tata Steel is the first company in India to employ women in all shifts in mines from September 1, 2019,” it said. According to the release, measures such as sanitary napkin vending machines, canteens, rest rooms, female security guards, transportation and deployment of women in groups of not less than three in a shift are being put in place. Security measures such as GPS and CCTV monitoring have been implemented, it said. It added that written consent has been taken from every woman prior to their posting in the mines. The initiative comes after the Centre earlier this year scrapped Section 46 of the Mines Act, 1952 which restricted employment of women in the mines. Arun Misra, vice president, raw materials division of Tata Steel, said, “We are enhancing facilities to recruit more women in all sections of our mines.”Mr. Misra said employing women in mines leads to generation of innovative ideas and perspectives. The release said the initiative is in line with the company’s target of achieving 20 per cent women officers in the workforce by 2025, adding that all norms stipulated by Directorate General of Mines Safety (DGMS) are being adhered to. Earlier, the company had started two shifts for women employees at its Jamshedpur plant shop floor on April 1 this year, it added. A total of 52 female employees were posted at its coke plant and electrical repair shop floor in A and B shifts between 6 am and 10 pm, the release said.last_img read more

Tendulkar who? Asked another well-known celebrity in India

first_imgSachin TendulkarTennis grand slam champion Maria Sharapova revealed on Wednesday that she did not who Sachin Tendulkar was. Forgive Sharapova, not everybody on this earth know the cricket legend who has scored a century of centuries in international cricket for India.When asked, another well-read and well-travelled celebrity with India connection was unaware of Sachin Tendulkar. That, while watching a cricket match. The person is the Dalai Lama. In 2011, when Tendulkar had not retired from international cricket yet, the spiritual leader was attending an IPL cricket match at HPCA stadium in Dharamshala. The game was between Kings XI Punjab and Deccan Chargers.During the match, the Tibetan spiritual leader was asked: “Do you know a certain Sachin Tendulkar?””No, I don’t remember,” said the globe-trotting, knowledgeable celebrity.last_img read more