n Africa Insight - Considering the protocol on the rights of women in Africa

Volume 36, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


For a long time, African women have been suffering human rights abuses and gender discrimination, notwithstanding the existence of international and regional human and women's rights instruments. Among other abuses, African women suffered from the denial of inheritance rights and exclusion from participation in the governance of their countries. The Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, which entered into force on 25 November 2005, is a recent attempt to change this situation. It contains important provisions on the rights of women, although some are similar to the ones in existing instruments. Essentially, this article seeks to provide a general overview of this important protocol, showing the new hope it holds for African women, and considers some challenges to its effectiveness.

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