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2003 | Protocol on The Rights of Women In Africa

This document is an additional Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights. It is a Protocol on The Rights Of Women In Africa. It recognizes that ‘despite the ratification of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights and other international human rights instruments by the majority of States Parties, and their solemn commitment to eliminate all forms of discrimination and harmful practices against women, women in Africa still continue to be victims of discrimination and harmful practices’. It was adopted by the second ordinary session of the Assembly of the African Union in Maputo in 2003. 

In the context of persistent conflict plaguing Somalia and much of the rest of the Horn of Africa in the intervening years, the provisions of such a protocol have been absolutely powerless to defend women from criminal violence and abuse of many sorts. However with a view to studying and advancing all efforts to see recognition of and reparations for the harm inflicted on civilians during the years of fighting, we include this Protocol as a testimony to the explicit intentions of the States of the African Union, including the Republic of Somalia.