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Advocacy for the Ratification and Implementation of the AU Protocol

SYNOPSIS On the 11th of July 2003, The African Union (AU) Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa was adopted. It is also known as the ‘Maputo Protocol’ alluding to the city where it was adopted, or the African Women’s Protocol (hereafter referred to as the Protocol). The Protocol addresses comprehensively, for the first time, women’s human rights in Africa and state obligations to uphold, protect and promote them. The Protocol enumerates a broad range of women’s rights, including the elimination of discrimination against women, the right to dignity, the

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African Women’s Organizing For The Ratification And Implementation

The Maputo Protocol is a ground-breaking women’s rights legal instrument that expands and reinforces the rights provided in other human rights instruments. The Protocol provides a broad range of economic and social welfare rights for women. Importantly it was produced by Africans and pays attention to the concerns of African women. AWID interviewed Faiza Jama Mohamed, Director of Equality Now about the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights (SOAWR) campaign for the ratification and implementation of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women also known as the Maputo Protocol or the African Women’s Protocol

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Because I am a Girl, I Must Study

A father asks his daughter: Study? Why should you study? I have sons aplenty who can study Girl, why should you study? The daughter tells her father: Since you ask, here’s why I must study. Because I am a girl, I must study. Long denied this right, I must study For my dreams to take flight, I must study Knowledge brings new light, so I must study For the battles I must fight, I must study Because I am a girl, I must study. To avoid destitution, I must study To win independence, I must study To fight frustration, I

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African Women Making a Difference on Peace and Security

(Mary Robinson blogs on her recent visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)– 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. I witnessed this first hand at two recent meetings in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, home of the African Union (AU) Secretariat and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). The first was the 15th pre-summit meeting on gender mainstreaming in the AU, organised by the Gender is My Agenda Campaign (GIMAC), and supported by Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS) and the

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