As we mark the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (Maputo Protocol), we, the undersigned organizations, commend achievements in advancing women and girls’ rights in the continent. This legal instrument has established a comprehensive framework that outlines the standards which states should follow in promoting and protecting women’s rights.
We had hoped to celebrate the universal ratification of the Maputo Protocol on this landmark anniversary, but we are yet to reach this milestone. The ratification by South Sudan in June 2023 is commendable and gives us hope that this ambitious goal is within reach. This brings the total ratifications to 44 out of 55. We urge all 11 Member States that have not yet ratified (Burundi, Botswana, Central African Republic, Chad, Egypt, Eritrea, Morocco, Madagascar, Niger, Somalia and Sudan) to fulfil their commitment to upholding women’s rights in their…Click on this button to read more.