Benin’s National Assembly Adopts Two Laws on the Rights of Women

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

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Making Maputo Protocol a Reality through Feminist Litigation of Women’s SRHR

Source: AfricanFeminism, written by Namuddu Ann Lindah Mubeezi For the last 16 years, the legal protection and advocacy for the sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) of African women and girls has had the backing of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, also commonly known as the Maputo Protocol.  The African Union adopted the protocol in 2003, and it was ratified by the required 15-member nations to enter force in 2005. It is a legally binding instrument that citizens and human rights defenders can use to hold African

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CREAW Call for Amendments to Kenya’s 2006 Sexual Offences Act

The Sexual Offences Act No. 3 of 2006 (SOA) came into effect on 21st July 2006. This was subsequent to unending agitation from the civil society organisations together with a large judicial outcry on the application of judicial discretion. Despite the enactment of the SOA in 2006 to deal with gaps of enforcement presented by the Penal Code, the statistics around sexual violence have not significantly improved. This research examines the legal framework around the enforcement of the key offences highlighted in Sections 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 & 9 of the SOA in Kenya in terms of arrests investigations,

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