DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO – Women jurists call meeting of leaders to discuss legalising abortion in accordance with the Maputo Protocol and African Union meeting celebrates 15 years of the Protocol

On 16 August 2018, the Association of Women Lawyers of the Congo organised a day of discussions on the issue of the legalisation of abortion. The purpose of this meeting was to inform that, beyond the Congolese criminal law, there is the Maputo protocol that supports safe abortion. Parité et famille received Pélagie Ebeka, president of Afejuco, the association of women jurists of the Congo; André Kibambe, lawyer at the Kinshasa/Gombe bar; Luc Keza, doctor at the Kintambo maternity ward; and Marie-José Mujinga part of the Justice Documentation Department to give their opinion on this matter.

Then in Addis Ababa, on 12-13 December 2018, the African Union Commission on Women, Gender and Development Directorate, in collaboration with the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights (SOAWR), the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN Development Program, there was a high-level consultation meeting to accelerate the ratification, domestication and implementation of the Maputo Protocol and celebrating its 15th anniversary on 14 December, 2018.

SOURCES: Radio Okapi, 20 December 2018 ; Télécharger – Podcast (25 minutes) (en français), Radio Okapi, Congo ; African Union, Press release, 12 December 2018