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Greater women empowerment, training on gender issues, reform of legal systems and a sanction imposition are some of the strategies the Africa Union (AU) should adopt in 2010: the Year for Peace, according to gender experts meeting ahead of the AU summit.

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In 2003, the Africa Union (AU) adopted the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa. Today, only 27 countries have ratified. It is only Rwanda, to the best of my knowledge, that has done a comprehensive review of its laws to {{to make them compatible with the AU women’s protocol.

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Report findings from 18 African countries out of the 53, indicate that only 34 per cent of the member states have honoured the commitment of subsequent reporting on progress made in implementing the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa (SDGEA) as required under article12.

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The third African Union (AU) pre-summit on gender begun this Friday 22/01/2010 at the headquarters of the AU Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The pre-summit will have two segments.

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Participation of African women in The 8th Africa Regional Conference on Women (Beijing +15) and The Meeting of African Union Ministers Responsible for Women Affairs and Gender
Banjul, The Gambia, November 13-21, 2009

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VAWnet is an online resource for advocates working to end domestic violence, sexual assault, and other violence in the lives of women and their children.
VAWnet's eNewsletter provides monthly updates on new resources available online.

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Read SOAWR's policy briefing 'How States can deliver on the AU Declaration for an African Women’s Decade 2010-2020' for African delegations attending the AU Ministerial Conference of Gender Ministers and the 8th African Regional Conference on Women to review 15 years of the Beijing Platform of Action, The Gambia, November 2009.

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Equality Now and Solidarity for African Women's Rights (SOAWR) Coalition convened a meeting on 'Global Efforts to Eradicate Violence and Discrimination against Women and Girls

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(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.

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Read the FEMNET Report On Participation of the SOAWR Coalition in the Pre-Summit Activities of the 13th Ordinary Summit of the African Union Assembly.

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