Raising Her Voice
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A report by The Lawyers Circle

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Context: the Maputo Protocol

The Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, better known as the Maputo Protocol, is a protocol adopted by the African Union. It provides a comprehensive legal framework for the ending of discrimination on the basis of gender and guarantees social, political and economic equality. It has been signed by 49 out of the 54 member states of the African Union and has been ratified by 37 member states.

But the ratification of the Protocol does not guarantee its effective implementation.

The Raising Her Voice project

All around the world, women’s voices are absent from so many decision-making opportunities that affect their everyday lives: village councils, local authority meetings, parliamentary hearings. Oxfam is working to change this by strengthening the way in which women’s individual and collective voices influence their lives and shape their future.

The Lawyers Circle along with Oxfam and local groups reviewed the effective implementation of the Maputo Protocol in Kenya.

The focus of The Lawyers Circle report was on ensuring that the Protocol was reflected in national legal frameworks and then implemented effectively. It is being used by Kenyan law bodies to bring about lasting change.

To download the full report click here: Implementing the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa: Analysing the Compliance of Kenya’s Legal Framework .

Global Goals

The Circle strives to support projects that are working towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Global Goal 5, Gender Equality.

Raising Her Voice addressed Goal 5.C: Adopt and strengthen policies and enforceable legislation for gender equality. Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels.