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AU Summit tasked on women’s rights

6What are the major issues that you as the civil society would want African leaders at the summit to address? My call to African leaders meeting here in Kigali is to be serious about implementation of existing framework, implementation only happens when  they allocate adequate resources to gender machinery which include both the public institutions and women’s organisations, which some view as beyond their responsibility. As for the Maputo Protocol, despite its existence, there are countries that are yet to ratify it; I would call upon them to ratify it to catch up. Those who have ratified should submit periodic reports on the progress of implementation. Read More


Happy 13th Anniversary to the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa!

Social change begins with legal change. Today 11th July 2016, we celebrate “Africa’s Blue Print for the Total Empowerment, Fulfillment, Respect and Protection of African Women’s Rights.” Happy 13th Anniversary to The Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa (The Maputo Protocol) — one of the world’s most progressive and wide-ranging human rights treaties. Read More


Women rights still a far cry in Africa

If women’s rights were to be measured by the number of laws and policies so far initiated towards that specific goal in Africa, then African women would be the most liberated on earth! The reality, however, is far from this. Policy makers at high levels in the continent continue to put women’s rights on the agenda but with negligible or hardly any positive impact. Read more



Good Policy Frameworks for Women’s Rights Must Be Fully Implemented

Africa prides itself on having strong and progressive policy frameworks on women’s rights. The list reads like the fantasy of many women’s rights enthusiasts across the globe. Africa has the gender equality principle in the AU’s Constitutive Act of 2002, the AU Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa of 2003 (Maputo Protocol), the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa of 2004 and the Maputo Plan of Action on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. Read More



Gender equality to be pushed onto AU agenda in Kigali

African women leaders are meeting in Rwanda this week to take stock of how far the continent has come in realizing gender equality and women empowerment.  The meeting will seek to come up with one message for African Presidents who will be in the Rwandan capital next week for the African Union Heads of State Summit.   While recognising the challenges African women face in the struggle for gender equality, Dr. Dlamini Zuma says change must start from within. She says, “Most of the harmful cultural practices would be gone if we were not colluding as women; if we were standing up for our girls. In fact, culture tends to be passed on from one generation to another by women, harmful as it is. I think we should challenge ourselves and say ‘No’.” Read More