Ratify the Maputo Protocol: Protect the Rights of African Women and Girls
Sixteen years ago, the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (the “Maputo Protocol”) was adopted by Members of the African Union with the sole aim of upholding the rights of women and girls in Africa.
The Maputo Protocol is a binding legal framework that holds African governments to account for the continued gross violation of the rights of women and girls in Africa. They set a 2020 deadline within which all African nations must have signed and ratified it.
However since then and with less than six months to go to the year 2020, 13 countries are yet to ratify it including three that have neither signed nor ratified it.
Women and girls deserve to live in a world that is free from all forms of violence and discrimination and if all African nations fully abide by their obligations under the Maputo Protocol, this will become a reality.
What you can do to support full ratification by 2020
> Sign up to join our campaign
> Contact your Head of State and encourage them to ensure all states ratify by the 2020 deadline. We've pulled together a list of the countries, how to contact them, and what you can say here.
> Find out more about the Maputo Protocol here.