Friday 11th July 2014 marks the 11th Anniversary of the adoption of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (“The Maputo Protocol”) by AU states. It has been described by women’s rights law experts as one of the most progressive women’s human rights instruments in the world, with articles addressing inter alia development, peace, violence against women, sexual and reproductive health rights amongst others.

11th Anniversary: AU Women’s Rights Protocol

SOAWR Congratulates the Republic of Cameroon on Its Ratification of the AU Protocol

Nairobi, 10 January 2013—Cameroon has become the 36th African Union (AU) Member State to ratify the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa following its deposit of its ratification instrument on 28 December 2012. The Solidarity for African Women’s Rights (SOAWR) Coalition congratulates Cameroon on taking this important step, which demonstrates its commitment to women’s rights and gender equality.

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Republic of Congo and Guinea Ratify the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa

The Solidarity for African Women’s Rights Coalition (SOAWR), a pan-African coalition of 42 organizations in 23 African countries, congratulates the Republic of Congo and the Republic of Guinea on their ratification of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (hereafter the Protocol).

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The Republic of Congo’s ratification of the African Women’s Rights Protocol

The Solidarity for African Women's Rights (SOAWR) coalition welcomes The Republic of Congo's ratification of the African Women's Rights Protocol. After a long period Congo has finally deposited its instrument of ratification with the African Union Commission on 6 August 2012.

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Cote D’Ivoire Ratifies the AU Protocol

SOAWR congratulates the Republic of Cote D’Ivoire on its ratification of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa.

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Equatorial Guinea Ratifies the AU Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa

The Solidarity for African Women’s Rights coalition (SOAWR), a coalition of 44 organizations based in 21 African countries, congratulates the Republic of Equatorial Guinea on its deposit of its instrument of ratification of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (the Protocol).

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SOAWR members celebrate Uganda’s announcement of upcoming ratification

SOAWR members, in a lobbying mission in Uganda, celebrate after the announcement of the upcoming ratification of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa.

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SOAWR members celebrate Uganda's announcement of upcoming ratification

(SOAWR)-- SOAWR members, in a lobbying mission in Uganda, celebrate after the announcement of the upcoming ratification of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa.

Tags: Uganda, Ratification, Akina Mama wa Afrika