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Article 9: Women’s Right to Participation in the Political and Decision Making Process (with MEWC)

Welcome to All Things Maputo Protocol – a podcast by the SOAWR Coalition. Join us in our first series for the month of March, as we explore the International Women’s Day theme of ‘Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress’ and various articles of the Maputo Protocol. New episodes coming weekly!

Article 9 of the Maputo Protocol: 

1. States Parties shall take specific positive action to promote participative governance and the equal participation of women in the political life of their countries through affirmative action, enabling national legislation and other measures to ensure that:

a) women participate without any discrimination in all elections;

b) women are represented equally at all levels with men in all electoral processes;

c) women are equal partners with men at all levels of development and implementation of State policies and development programmes.

2. States Parties shall ensure increased and effective representation and participation of women at all levels of decision-making.

A big thanks to Naomi Ndifon of Make Every Woman Count (MEWC) for joining us in this episode.

Mentioned resources:

  1. SOAWR’s 20 Years of the Maputo Protocol – Where are now? report.
  2. MEWC’s Overview of the Elections in Africa in 2023
  3. And of course, you can read the Maputo Protocol in 11 languages here.