Gender Expert Meeting on State Reporting on the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa
6 - 7 August 2009
Background paper: Towards the adoption of reporting guidelines under the African Women’s Protocol
Guidelines for state reporting under the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa
Document de base: Vers l’adoption d’un guide de présentation des rapports relatifs au protocole des droits des femmes en Afrique
Directives pour la présentation du rapport Etat aux termes du Protocole à la Charte Africaine des Droits de l’Homme et des Peuples relatif aux Droits des Femmes en Afrique
The Centre for Human Rights (CHR) has identified a need to support the African Commission in the development of reporting guidelines under the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (African Women’s Protocol or Protocol) in order to promote strengthened state reporting and facilitate subsequent meaningful engagement between state parties and the ACHPR on women’s rights. On 6 and 7 August 2009, the CHR facilitates a working meeting in Pretoria with invited experts and members of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Commission). The overall goal of this working meeting is to strengthen the capacity of the African Commission to promote and protect women’s rights in Africa through monitoring implementation of the Protocol.
The Protocol is a legally binding multilateral supplement to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Charter), adopted in 2003 by the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government. The Protocol entered into force on 25 November 2005. By 30 June 2009, it had been ratified by 27 of the 53 African Union (AU) members, all of which are also state parties to the African Charter.(1)
(1) See www.africa-union.org/root/au/Documents/Treaties/Text
The state parties are: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Zambia and Zimbabwe.