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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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The Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa: Reflecting back on 2010, looking to 2011 in Nigeria
Interview with Saudatu Mahdi, Programme Coordinator, Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternatives, Nigeria

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The Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa: Reflecting back on 2010, looking to 2011 in Tanzania
Interview with Anna Henga, Programme Coordinator, Tanzanian Legal and Human Rights Centre

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As the African Heads of State and Government meet during the 16th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union, under the theme-“Towards Greater Unity and Integration through Shared Values, the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights (SOAWR) Coalition congratulates the African Union for elaborating a comprehensive framework on gender equality and women’s empowerment as a shared value.

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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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A father asks his daughter:

Study? Why should you study?

I have sons aplenty who can study

Girl, why should you study?

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East African Caravan on Maternal Health arrives in Kampala on July 14th, 2010
An estimated 536 000 maternal deaths occurred worldwide in 2005. Slightly more than half - 270 000 - of these preventable and unnecessary deaths occurred in the sub-Saharan Africa region alone.

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Mozambican women celebrate a new law that protects them from violence-- On 11 July 2003, the heads of State and government of the African Union (AU) adopted the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa.

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African women are on the move in an extraordinary way, and are determined to make their voices heard and their influence count – particularly on issues of peace and security.

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The African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET), a pan-African network working to promote women's human rights in Africa launched, on 24/10/2010, a book on the freedom of information (FOI) and women’s rights in Africa at the third and final day of the African Union (AU) pre-summit on gender in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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