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Report on the Participation of the SOAWR Coalition in the Activities of the 25th Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives Committee, 22nd Ordinary Session of the Executive Council, and 20th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union
Theme: Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance
Venue: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 21st-28th January 2013
Written by: Oxfam and Alliances for Africa

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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.

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).

A study was conducted by SOAWR (Solidarity for African Women's Rights Coalition) across the 22 African member states who have not ratified the AU Protocol on the Rights of Women, with strong emphasis on 10 focus countries with the aim of analyzing and mapping out country by country

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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SOAWR is greatly concerned over the growing humanitarian situation amidst increasing reports of human rights abuses and violations in Mali following the Coup which took place on March 22, 2012.

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The 40 members of the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights Coalition, based in 22 African countries, commend the African Union (AU) Heads of States and Governments on the successful election of Dr Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma as its African Union Commission (AUC) first female Chairperson.

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The Solidarity for African Women's Rights Coalition (SOAWR), a pan African coalition of 40 organizations in 20 countries, has appealed to President Paul Kagame on safe abortion law reform in Rwanda

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