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Inaugural Africa Gender Equality Moot Court Competition - May 2021

The Inaugural Africa Gender Equality Moot Court Competition aims to foster and cultivate interest in the rights of women and girls in Africa and the role continental and international human rights instruments play in the enforcement, promotion and protection of these rights among the next generation of legal practitioners on the continent.

THEME: ANALYSING THE EFFECT OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC ON STATE RESPONSIBILITY FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS’ RIGHTS IN AFRICA

May 2021

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The Inaugural Africa Gender Equality Moot Court Competition

Equality Now, in conjunction with the SOAWR Coalition, and in partnership with the Catholic University of Eastern Africa’s School of Law is convening the Inaugural Africa Gender Equality Moot Court Competition from the 17th to the 21st of May 2021. The competition brings together participants from East Africa, West Africa, the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes Region and shall be held in French and English. The Inaugural Africa Gender Equality Moot Court Competition aims to foster and cultivate interest in the rights of women and girls in Africa and the role continental and international human rights instruments play in the enforcement, promotion and protection of these rights among the next generation of legal practitioners on the continent. Competitors are encouraged to leverage the unique legal and social contexts of their own country to craft arguments and approaches aimed at fostering a deeper understanding of the challenges faced in the promotion and protection of the rights of women and girls in their country while learning from the experiences and contexts of other participants. In this regard, the Inaugural Africa Gender Equality Moot Court Competition seeks to challenge students to engage in comparative research of legal standards at regional/continental and international levels and to develop their written and oral arguments on cutting-edge questions on the intersection between the rights of women and girls in Africa and both continental and international law.

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About the Organizers

Equality Now, whose Africa Office serves as the Secretariat for the SOAWR Coalition, is an international human rights organization working towards creating a society that is equal and just for women and girls all over the world. Equality Now’s work focuses on addressing systemic, multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination and inequalities that continue to plague women and girls, especially those from vulnerable and marginalized backgrounds. Equality Now strives to hold governments responsible for ending legal inequality, sex trafficking, sexual violence and harmful practices, such as female genital mutilation (FGM) and "child marriage". Equality Now works at the international, regional and national levels, with regional offices in New York, London, Beirut and Nairobi.

The Solidarity for African Women’s Rights (SOAWR) is a coalition of over 60 national, regional and international civil society organisations working on women’s rights in 32 countries in Africa. SOAWR was formed with the principal objective of advocating for the ratification, domestication and implementation of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (the Maputo Protocol).

The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) is a leading private university whose mission is to produce authentic leaders and upright members of the Church and Society capable of contributing to sustainable Development according to God's plan.

The Competition Theme

The theme of the competition is Analysing the Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on State Responsibility for Women and Girls’ Rights in Africa. The theme will aim to foster conversations on how the Coronavirus pandemic has affected the promotion, fulfilment and respect of women and girls’ rights.

The moot court questions and the hypothetical case (“the Competition Questions”) are drawn from this theme, offering the depth and breadth to engage as many innovative approaches on the question of enforcement of the Maputo Protocol as possible. The competition question is centred on the obligation placed upon states to promote and protect the rights of women under the Maputo Protocol by taking active steps through adoption and full implementation of national legislation and policies vis-a-vis dealing with the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic such as the rise in domestic and gender-based violence, overwhelmed health care systems and grave effects to the economy.

Participating Countries

Undergraduate law students from the following countries are encouraged to register and participate in the Inaugural Africa Gender Equality Moot Court Competition:

1. Benin
2. Burkina Faso
3. Burundi
4. Côte d’Ivoire
5. Djibouti
6. Eritrea
7. Ethiopia
8. Guinea
9. Kenya
10. Mali
11. Mauritania
12. Niger
13. Senegal
14. Togo
15. Tanzania
16. Rwanda
17. Somalia
18. South Sudan
19. Sudan
20. Uganda

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Awards

The following awards shall be issued at the end of the competition:
• Overall Best Team
• Overall Beat Team (First Runner Up)
• Overall Best Orator
• Overall Best Orator (First Runner Up)
• Overall Best Memorial
• Overall Best Memorial (First Runner Up)

The proposed prizes are as follows:

• Trophies and certificates for overall winning teams and orators
• Medals and certificates for runners up
• Certificates for overall best memorials winners and runners up
• Offer for internship at Equality Now or other SOAWR members
• Certificates of participation to all participating team members

Further Details on how to Enter:

Undergraduate law students interested in participating in the Inaugural Africa Gender Equality Moot Court Competition are encouraged to complete the below registration form and email it to [email protected]

Registration for the moot court competition shall be handled on a rolling basis. 

Access the Hypothetical Case

English | French

Access the Competition Rules

English| French

Access the Registration Form

English | French

 

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