Achievements and Success
Key SOAWR achievements include:
- Intensive advocacy campaign that enabled the Protocol come into force 18 months after its adoption by AU Heads of State, the fastest time that a human rights instrument has come into force in the AU.
- Used a mobile phone campaign ‘Text now 4 women’s rights’ to popularise the protocol, enabling thousands of African cell phone users to join the campaign and be updated on the progress of ratification Held press conferences, television and radio interviews and issued press releases.
- Securing 36 out of 54 AU state parties to the Protocol, which is over 50% of the countries on the continent.
- Publication of a Guide to Using the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa for legal action in four of the AU’s official languages i.e. Arabic, English, French and Portuguese.
- Development and dissemination of the African Human Rights system first General Comments on Article 14 (1) (d) and (e), focusing on the rights of women living with HIV/AIDS.
- Convening over 150 lawyers from 32 African States since 2010, on the use of the Protocol in strategic litigation to secure the rights of girls and women at the national and regional level.
- Collaborating with the African Union Commission’s Women Gender and Development Directorate and UN Women to pilot the adoption of a multi-sectoral approach by governments to fast track the implementation of the Protocol in 12 states.
- In collaboration with Equality Now, The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) and Make Every Woman Count produced “Journey to Equality: 10 Years of the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa”. The publication brings together contributions from over two dozen individuals and institutions writing on their areas of expertise and seeks to provide an evaluation of progress made in various countries and across the region in implementing particular provisions of the Protocol.
- Established working relations with the relevant AU departments to track the progress of ratification by member states
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