Several progressive frameworks and legal instruments have been adopted by African Heads of States and Governments in a bid to reaffirm and advance women’s rights and gender equality. These include the
AU Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa of 2003 (Maputo Protocol), which has been ratified by 37 out of the 54 member states.
AU member states are also signatories or party to almost all the international frameworks on women’s rights including CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women), Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and now the newly adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – also being referred to as the SDGs.
In 2015, AU member states adopted the ambitious roadmap for the continent’s long-term vision, Agenda 2063, which strategically situates gender equality and equity at the centre of social and economic development.