PROGRESS: SOLIDARITY FOR AFRICAN WOMEN’S RIGHTS
Equality Now is proud to be the Secretariat of the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights Coalition (SOAWR), a network of over 50 national, regional and international civil society organizations in 27 countries promoting the rights of African women and girls through the Protocol.
Since the Maputo Protocol came into force in 2005, 49 of the 55 African Union Member States have signed on, and 42 have ratified it. The Protocol has one of the highest number of ratifications for an instrument in the African Union.
With significant contributions from Equality Now to strengthen and promote the Protocol, the SOAWR Coalition has made huge strides for equality:
2004: SOAWR COALITION IS FOUNDED
The Solidarity for African Women’s Rights (SOAWR) Coalition is founded with the mission to ensure that the rights of girls and women articulated in the recently-adopted Maputo Protocol are prioritized by policy makers on the African continent. SOAWR starts a campaign to push governments to sign and ratify the Protocol.