This 28 September 2023 marks the global day of action for access to safe and legal abortion. We, the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa (SRRWA) of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission); the African Union Commission’s Women, Gender and Youth Directorate (AUC WGYD), as well the undersigned Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), under the umbrella of the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights (SOAWR) Coalition, reaffirm our unwavering commitment to the realization of women’s rights to access to safe and legal abortion. Read the Full Statement (ENG) DÉCLARATION CONJOINTE À L’OCCASION DE LA «
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One of the world’s most comprehensive and progressive women’s human rights instruments, the Protocol to the African Charter on the Rights of Women in Africa (the Maputo Protocol) was adopted by Heads of State and Government in Maputo, Mozambique, on 11 July 2003. To commemorate the 19th Anniversary of the Maputo Protocol, the SOAWR Coalition is celebrating 19 reasons why the Protocol benefits the diversity of African women and girls, their lived realities, communities and governments. Go to: 1. African Union Member States Whilst the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights provides a foundational framework for domesticating human rights
On Wednesday, October 20, 2021, Benin’s National Assembly adopted two fundamental laws for the protection and emancipation of women in Benin. These are Law N°2021-11 on special measures for the repression of offences committed on the basis of sex and for the protection of women in the Republic of Benin and the law amending Law N°2021-12 relative to the modification of law N° 2003-04 of March 3, on sexual health and reproduction. Benin ratified the Maputo Protocol on the 30th of September, 2005. 1. Law N°2021-11: relating to Article 2 of the Maputo Protocol Source: RFLD This law aims to fight
The Reproductive Health and Rights Alliance (RHRA) was formed in 2004 by a group of comprised of medical, legal, women’s and human rights advocates with an aim of contributing towards the prevention and reduction of the high maternal deaths and disabilities caused by unsafe abortion. It does this by advocating for the repeal and enactment of laws and policies that permit access to safe abortion services in Kenya.
Download the Call to Action and Accountability (ENG) Télécharger A l’action et à la redevabilité (FR) Download SOAWR’s Press Statement – 30th November 2023 Télécharger Télécharger le communiqué de presse
Status of women’s and girls’ rights in South Sudan Women and girls in South Sudan face extreme challenges with limited rights to protection, participation and inclusion. As such, South Sudan
This 28 September 2023 marks the global day of action for access to safe and legal abortion. We, the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa (SRRWA) of