ISBN 9781904855668
Pages 128
Dimensions 229 x 152 mm
Published 2006
Publisher Solidarity for African Women’s Rights, Kenya
Format Paperback

Breathing Life into the African Union Protocal on Women's Rights in Africa

edited by Roselynn Musa, Faiza Jama Mohammed

The Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on Women’s Rights grew out of a recognition that the African Union’s Charter does not adequately address issues that affect women. The Protocol is arguably one of Africa’s most ground-breaking and progressive rights instruments for gender equality, setting out a comprehensive legal framework providing for a broad range of women’s social and economic rights, such as the reproductive right to abortion, and the prohibition of genital mutilation.

The papers in this book are the product of a conference jointly convened in Addis Ababa in September 2005 by the African Union Women, Gender and Development Directorate and Solidarity for African Women’s Rights (SOAWR), a coalition of more than 20 gender, human rights and development NGOs in Africa, including the African Center for Democracy and Human Rights Studies, FEMNET, Association des Juristes Maliennes, Equality Now, Fahamu, Fundação para o desenvolvimento da Comunidade (an organisation founded by Graça Machel in Mozambique), Oxfam GB and Women in Law and Development in Africa.

The primary aim of the conference was to shift the focus from the ratification of the Protocol to ensuring the meaningful implementation of its provisions. Some examples of topics covered are: the campaign for ratification, a report of the Addis Ababa meeting, SADC and the Protocol, NEPAD and women’s rights, HIV/AIDS: a challenge to implementation; and challenge of harmonising the Protocol with national laws.

The book is published with the full endorsement and support of the African Union Women, Gender and Development Directorate.

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