The MAPUTO Protocol

Linked with Educating about women’s human rights in Africa.

Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, download the english text of 33 pdf-pages.

Links:

African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Frontpage, and:

Find also about the Maputo Protocol on:

Africa for Women’s Rights,

a short english version (6 pdf-pages) on Emma Bonino.it;

VOAnews, about Cameroon, 25 August 2009;

and on wikipedia:

  • The Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, better known as the Maputo Protocol, guarantees comprehensive rights to women including the right to take part in the political process, to social and political equality with men, to control of their reproductive health, and an end to female genital mutilation.[2] As the name suggests, it was adopted by the African Union in the form of a protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
  • signed by:
  • ratified by:
  • neither signed nor ratified by (Botswana, Egypt, Eritrea, São Tomé and Príncipe, Tunisia);
  • Reservations;
  • Opposition: There are two particularly contentious factors driving opposition to the Protocol: its article on reproductive health, which is opposed mainly by Catholics and other Christians, and its articles on female genital mutilation, polygamous marriage and other traditional practices, which are opposed mainly by Muslims.

Adversaries of the Protocol are claiming: Large sections of the Protocol are devoted to the central desires of its drafters: Wholesale radical feminist transformation of African society and the destruction of traditional cultures … Abortion-on-demand … (also) for rape, incest, and to save the life of the mother, and wants abortion allowed for the physical or mental health of the mother … (all this arguments on maputoprotocol, clear and present danger).

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