Statement by the SOAWR Coalition to the 71st Session of the ACHPR // DÉCLARATION DE LA COALITION SOAWR À LA 71E SESSION DE L’ACHPR

The SOAWR Coalition, with the support of member organisation Alliances for Africa, made a statement to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights during the convening of the Commission’s Ordinary Sessions taking place from 21 April to 13 May 2022. The statement discusses: The Need to Promote and Protect Women’s Right to be Free from Violence during Kenya’s Election Season Harmonisation of Laws Prohibiting Child Marriage Protecting the Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) of Women and Girls in Conflict Addressing Sexual Exploitation in Africa Ratification of the Maputo Protocol by the remaining 13 African Union Member States You

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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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