The Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (better known as the Maputo Protocol) is one of the world’s most comprehensive women’s human rights instruments, with progressive provisions aimed at addressing the current realities of girls and women across the African continent including addressing harmful […]

As SOAWR, the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights Coalition celebrates 10 years of its existence and its efforts to continuously breathe life into the Maputo Protocol, one of the most progressive instruments on women’s rights globally, we caught up with one of the founders; Faiza Mohamed, Nairobi Director of Equality Now, where the Secretariat of […]

In 2003, African governments adopted the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, also known as The Maputo Protocol. Heads of states agreed to use The Maputo Protocol as the blue print for the total emancipation, respect and protection of women in Africa.  While some […]

Wednesday, 19 September 2012 07:52 The Solidarity for African Women’s Rights Coalition (SOAWR), a pan-African coalition of 42 organizations in 23 African countries, congratulates the Republic of Congo and the Republic of Guinea on their ratification of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa. The […]

Friday 11th July 2014 marks the 11th Anniversary of the adoption of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (“The Maputo Protocol”) by AU states. It has been described by women’s rights law experts as one of the most progressive women’s human rights instruments […]

Press Release For Immediate Release March 23rd, 2012 Cote D’Ivoire Ratifies the AU Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa Nairobi, Kenya. The Solidarity for African Women’s Rights coalition (SOAWR)congratulates the Republic of Cote D’Ivoire on its ratification of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of […]

A global backlash against women’s rights is on the rise. Women’s movements have pushed long and hard for women’s rights to be enshrined in international policy frameworks, and the current global political landscape risks a serious regression on progress made. As MA Gender and Development alumni, working in, with and for women’s movements, we find our […]

In demanding for accountability for the implementation of women’s rights commitments, FEMNET launched a continental wide campaign dubbed #FollowTheProtocol in July 2016. Conceptualized and rolled-out by FEMNET members and partners the Campaign mobilizes African women and girls to collectively urge their leaders to walk the talk and prioritize implementation of existing commitments on gender equality […]

By Dinah Musindarwezo, Executive Director of FEMNET– African Women’s Development and Communication Network Contrary to popular belief Abortion is not illegal in Africa; it is either restricted or protected by the law. There isn’t a single country in Africa that denies abortion completely.  In progressive jurisdictions including Mozambique, Tunisia, South Africa and Cape Verde abortion […]