The year 2018 marks the fifteenth anniversary of the use of the groundbreaking human rights instrument, the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa (the Women’s Rights Protocol), which is a supplementary protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The 15th Anniversary will seek to consolidate and celebrate the commendable work that SOAWR members with specific highlights of the achievements of SOAWR members over the years in particular the Maputo Protocol ratification and implementation campaign. We bring updates from different interventions that have been carried out around the Maputo Protocol.
Equality Now in partnership with Solidarity for African Women's Rights (SOAWR) convened a reflection of Civil Society Organizations on Shadow Reporting on the African Charter and the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People's Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa.
The Executive Director of Akina Mama wa Afrika, Eunice Musiime, was among the participants who attended the two day meeting held from September 3-6, 2017, in Nairobi, Kenya. The aim of the meeting was to harness SOAWR coalition members’ engagement for the realization of the Rights of women and girls as guaranteed by the Maputo Protocol.
The Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (the Maputo Protocol) was adopted in 2003 and entered into force in 2005. The Maputo Protocol has been lauded as one of the very progressive and comprehensive human rights instruments globally that comprehensively provides for the rights of women and girls in Africa.
Whereas it is notable that States have been reporting on the African Charter, albeit falling behind schedule, there has not been much uptake by States in reporting on the Protocol. Only 7 states are up to date with their reporting, 18 States are late by one or two reports, 22 are late by three or more reports, while 7 have never submitted any report.
The key outcomes of the meeting were: an enhanced understanding of the Maputo Protocol and the shadow reporting requirements and guidelines; renewed commitment from women’s rights organizations to submit stronger and consistent shadow reports on women’s rights under the Charter and Maputo Protocol and strategies to accelerate implementation of concluding observations at the national level.