This report is a joint initiative between the Lawyers' Circle and Oxfam. It analyses the implementation of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People's Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, better known as the Maputo Protocol in Kenya. The Maputo Protocol guarantees comprehensive rights to women.
Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa
The Solidarity for African Women’s Rights (SOAWR) was formed in 2004 as a loose coalition of organisations working towards the ratification, domestication and implementation of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (the Maputo Protocol). As of July 2013, the collation consists of 43 national, regional and international civil society organisations working across 23 African countries.
This manual promotes the use of the groundbreaking human rights instrument, the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa (the Women’s Rights Protocol), which is a supplementary protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The Women’s Rights Protocol was adopted by
the African Union in July 2003 as a result of intensive advocacy by many organizations from all over Africa and entered into force on 25 November 2005.
Journey to Equality Publication: 10 years of the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa
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The SOAWR Coalition annual review meeting in Nairobi, Kenya from 5th-7th October was attended by over 40 participants from 15 countries. This year’s theme was, “Spreading Our Wings: A Multi-Sectoral Approach to Women’s Rights’’. The main objectives of the meeting included a progress review of the 2008/2009 year, sharing of the best practices in the year, strategising on the African Women’s Decade from 2010-2020 and setting the framework for the next strategic plan.
The articles first appeared in the prize-winning weekly electronic newsletter, Pambazuka News. They provide students, activists and others with an easy-to-read introduction to the struggle for women’s rights in Africa.
The groundbreaking Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on Women’s Rights came into force in 2005. The protocol commits the states that sign it to eliminating all forms of discrimination against women.
- SOAWR Workshop on the Adoption of the Multi-Sectoral Approach Framework for the Implementation of the AU Women’s Rights Protocol and the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act 2015 8th -9th Dec. 2015 Abuja, Nigeria
- Legislative Advocacy Coalition on Violence Against Women (LACVAW)
- General Comment No. 2 on Article 14.1 (a), (b), (c) and (f) and Article 14. 2 (a) and (c) of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa
- Change Must Be Accelerated to End Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in One Generation
- 11 Years of the Maputo Protocol: Women’s Progress and Challenges *Faiza J. Mohamed
- Tracing the Birth of and Advocacy for the Ratification and Implementation of the AU Protocol on Women’s Rights - Mary Wandia*
- Women’s rights litigation as an avenue to realization of the protection offered by the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa
- 11th Anniversary: AU Women’s Rights Protocol
- SOAWR COALITION CONDEMNS THE UNFAIR DETENTION OF WOMEN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS IN EGYPT
- CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - CONSULTANT: NEPAD SPANISH FUND PROJECT END TERM EVALUATION