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Africa Day 2022 – The Year of Nutrition

Today, the 25th of May, marks the 49th anniversary of the signing of the OAU (Organization of African Unity) agreements which evolved into the present day African Union (AU). This year’s Africa Day celebration is centred on nutrition, with the African Union Theme for the year 2022 “Strengthening Resilience in Nutrition and Food Security on the African Continent”. The SOAWR Coalition celebrates that 43 out of the 55 AU Member States have enshrined African women’s right to nutrition and food security by ratifying the Maputo Protocol. However, whilst progress has been made to implement these rights, we note that: No

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Winner’s Essay – African Youth For Maputo Protocol Essay Competition

At the start of their careers, women’s rights advocates often do not have the prerequisite human rights knowledge necessary for women’s rights advocacy, including litigation. Furthermore, where human rights training is incorporated into the curriculum of law schools, this training is often not complemented by practical experience in applying human rights standards. To address this, together with Equality Now, we established the African Youth for Maputo Protocol Essay Competition as part of a pilot project on ways of creating awareness amongst the next generation of women’s rights practitioners. We hope to address the scholarly and experiential gaps in women’s rights

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International Women’s Day: Gender Equality for a Sustainable Tomorrow & Article 18 of the Maputo Protocol

March 8th, 2022. To commemorate this year’s International Women’s Day and the UN Women theme, ‘Gender Equality for a Sustainable Tomorrow‘, the SOAWR Coalition is proud to highlight Article 18 of the Maputo Protocol: Right to a Healthy and Sustainable Environment. Why is it important to have these specific rights legally bound across the continent?  An excerpt from Joanita Babirye‘s article ‘Saving the Planet means Defying Patriarchy: Strive for Inclusive Climate Solutions‘ (via AfricanFeminism) provides a poignant answer,  “Women and men experience climate change differently due to socio-cultural structures that have been built over time in largely patriarchal societies. Men’s access

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