Month: November 2023

A Memoir: Celebrating 20 Years of the Maputo Protocol

In commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (Maputo Protocol), SOAWR Member Equality Now took on a special initiative to gather statements from presidents, prime ministers, and ministers of the first countries that ratified the Protocol. In instances where the heads of state/government were unavailable, statements were collected from the relevant gender ministers. The intent was to celebrate the milestone achieved through the implementation of the Maputo Protocol by engaging these high-ranking officials and further discussing their plans for commemorating its adoption and

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Call to Action and Accountability to the African Union Member States

Download the Call to Action and Accountability (ENG) Télécharger A l’action et à la redevabilité (FR) Download SOAWR’s Press Statement – 30th November 2023 Télécharger Télécharger le communiqué de presse de SOAWR – 30 novembre 2023 Watch the Press Conference Introduction We, members of the SOAWR Coalition, are deeply concerned about the continued violation, infringement, abuse, and denial of the rights of women and girls in Africa in contravention of the provisions of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (the Maputo Protocol); Recognizing that 46 AU Member States

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South Sudan Ratified the Maputo Protocol – Now What?

Status of women’s and girls’ rights in South Sudan Women and girls in South Sudan face extreme challenges with limited rights to protection, participation and inclusion. As such, South Sudan is among the countries with the highest rates of Sexual and Gender Based Violence in the world. Opportunities for education and vocational training are scarce. Laws and patriarchal norms limit women’s ability to inherit land, start a business (women belong in the kitchen and at home), and lead in public affairs. And, most of the more than 4 million South Sudanese who are forcibly displaced are women and girl. In

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