Celebrating twenty years
of one of the world’s most
progressive women’s rights treaties.
The Maputo Protocol turns 20 on July 11th 2023
Maputo Protocol at 20
20 years ago, African Governments adopted the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (the Maputo Protocol), defining the rights of women and girls across Africa. Just two years later, 15 countries ratified the Protocol, making it the fastest human rights instrument to come into force in the history of OAU/AU. Currently, 43 of the 55 countries of the African Union have ratified the Protocol.
The Solidarity for African Women’s Rights Coalition (SOAWR) has been uniting efforts toward the universal ratification of the Maputo Protocol across Africa for twenty years. Throughout 2023, our members are convening women’s rights activists across the continent to celebrate 20 years of this groundbreaking women’s rights treaty and call for action to ensure the Protocol’s full implementation.
TOGETHER WE CAN ENSURE THE MAPUTO PROTOCOL DELIVERS THE FUTURE FOR THE WOMEN AND GIRLS OF AFRICA.
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The Road to Maputo At 20
One of the most progressive women’s rights treaties, the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, is known as the Maputo Protocol because it originated in Maputo, Mozambique.
The African Union (AU) Heads of State principally adopted the Protocol on July 11, 2003, to address the many legal, cultural, and societal impediments that charactorized various African women’s limitations to achieving their full potential. It demonstrated African leaders’ willingness to protect, promote and fulfill women’s rights. It was affirmed in the Solemn Declaration of Heads of State and Government on Gender Equality in Africa, adopted in July 2004.