DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO – Legal access to abortion expands

There has been an historic shift in abortion policy in the DRC, made possible by the country’s constitution, which states that international treaties ratified by the government shall supersede national laws once those treaties are published in the nation’s legal gazette. The DRC ratified the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (known as the Maputo Protocol) in 2008. Because Article 14 of this protocol … Continued

TWO ANNIVERSARIES – Teheran Proclamation 1968 that family planning is a human right and the Maputo Protocol 2003 which calls on African States to ensure sexual and reproductive health

  VIDEO                                                                                                      VIDEO   13 May 2018 was the 50th anniversary of the Teheran Proclamation at the 1968 International Conference on Human Rights that “Family planning … Continued

BURKINA FASO – A long road to walk to enjoy a “right”

Alice is a school student in Ouagadougou. Three years ago, she was raped at school by two of her classmates and became pregnant. She sought help from the school’s Health Officer and had a clandestine abortion. Since then, however, she is no longer in school and has suffered from sequelae – physical, psychological and legal. Yet she was eligible for a legal abortion. Lack of information, fear of stigma, slowness of judicial processes, all prevent … Continued

Challenges to implementing safe, legal abortion in Rwanda

The Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (Maputo Protocol) is the main legal instrument for the protection of the rights of women and girls in Africa and the most comprehensive on women’s rights globally. Rwanda signed and ratified the  Protocol in 2004 but placed a reservation on Article 14.2.C, which stipulates that countries should “protect the reproductive rights of women by authorizing medical abortion … Continued

The Association of Women Jurists of Senegal Pressure Government

The Association of Women Jurists of Senegal continue to put pressure on the government for abortion to be legalised following rape and incest. Some 250 cases of rape of girls aged 13 to 18 years which led to a pregnancy in 52 cases were reported in the first 11 months of 2016 in Senegal. Of those, at least 25 were cases of incest followed by pregnancy, yet abortion on the grounds of rape and incest is not permitted.

The African Leaders’ Declaration on Safe, Legal Abortion as a Human Right, 20 January 2017

  In January 2016, in celebration of the African Union Year of Human Rights, Especially Women’s Rights, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) launched a regional campaign on decriminalization of abortion. The Pan African Parliament has committed to a regional advocacy campaign on the issue, and the African Union Commission’s Department of Social Affairs plays an important role in monitoring and supporting the implementation of the revised Maputo Plan of Action for … Continued

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