One of the world’s most comprehensive and progressive women’s human rights instruments, the Protocol to the African Charter on the Rights of Women in Africa (the Maputo Protocol) was adopted by Heads of State and Government in Maputo, Mozambique, on 11 July 2003. To commemorate the 19th Anniversary of the Maputo Protocol, the SOAWR Coalition is celebrating 19 reasons why the Protocol benefits the diversity of African women and girls, their lived realities, communities and governments. Go to: 1. African Union Member States Whilst the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights provides a foundational framework for domesticating human rights
issue: Reproductive health services, including the reduction of maternal mortality
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
On Wednesday, October 20, 2021, Benin’s National Assembly adopted two fundamental laws for the protection and emancipation of women in Benin. These are Law N°2021-11 on special measures for the repression of offences committed on the basis of sex and for the protection of women in the Republic of Benin and the law amending Law N°2021-12 relative to the modification of law N° 2003-04 of March 3, on sexual health and reproduction. Benin ratified the Maputo Protocol on the 30th of September, 2005. 1. Law N°2021-11: relating to Article 2 of the Maputo Protocol Source: RFLD This law aims to fight
CEHURD is a Ugandan non-profit, research and advocacy organisation which is pioneering the justiciability of the right to health, founded in 2010. Their mission is to advance health rights for vulnerable communities through an integrated program of litigation, advocacy and action research.
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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
This 28 September 2023 marks the global day of action for access to safe and legal abortion. We, the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa (SRRWA) of