3The Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, also known as the Maputo Protocol was adopted in 2003 by our Heads of States – thereby agreeing to use the Protocol as the blue print for the total emancipation, respect and protection of women and girls in Africa. To achieve gender equality, eliminate all forms of discrimination, and fully uphold and protect the rights of women as enshrined in the Maputo Protocol, our leaders must prioritize not only ratification but also domestication and implementation of the Maputo Protocol and other existing commitments to gender equality and women’s rights. Africa’s social, political, and economic development depends on the protection and liberation of women who make up over half of her population. This is the year of the African woman. Let us make it count!

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