Athens, Greece, 27-28 January 2006
On 26 October 2005 the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa, also called the 'Maputo Protocol' and part of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights, has entered into force having been ratified by the required 15 member states.
This protocol covers a broad range of women's rights, including the elimination of discrimination against women, the right to dignity, the right to life, the integrity and security of the person, the right to education and training, economic and social welfare rights and health and reproductive rights.
In particular article 5 of the protocol requires that all forms of female genital mutilation be condemned and prohibited.
Socialist International Women welcomes this important step and commits itself to promote the Maputo Protocol and its ratification in all the African countries, where SI and SIW members are present.