Offer: A Guide to Using the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa for Legal Action
July 14, 2011: Equality Now, in conjunction with Solidarity for African Women’s Rights (SOAWR), is delighted to announce the release of A Guide to Using the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa for Legal Action.
How-to-Guide will Equip Activists with Strong Tools to Protect and Advance African Women's Rights
The Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (the Protocol) is a groundbreaking women’s rights legal instrument. Since it came into force in 2005, the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights (SOAWR) Coalition, of which Equality Now serves as the Secretariat, has worked to ensure its ratification and domestication by African nations, so that the rights set forth in this instrument can be realized. To date, 31 of 53 African countries have ratified the Protocol.
This Guide provides step-by-step guidance for using the Protocol at local, national, and regional levels. It explains how to bring women’s rights abuses that violate the Protocol before domestic courts and regional justice mechanisms like the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and analyzes key cases related to women’s rights decided by the African Commission. The Guide also provides activists with more general strategies for the popularization and domestication of the Protocol to protect the rights of African women and girls and ensure they have complete access to justice.