Women parliamentary committee urges government to ratify Maputo Protocol | Tunisia News Gazette

Women parliamentary committee urges government to ratify Maputo Protocol

Members of the Women, Family, Children and Elderly People parliamentary committee urged the Tunisian Government to ratify the Maputo Protocol as they received Monday a delegation of the African Parliament.

Adopted on July 11, 2003 by the Second Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly in Maputo (Mozambique), the Maputo Protocol or the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa aims to end discriminations and violence against women.

Members of the delegation, currently in Tunisia (July 3-7), stressed that Tunisia, as an exemplary country in terms of women’s rights at the level of the north-African continent, is called to ratify this protocol.

Adopted by most member countries of the African Union, this protocol aims to defend women’s rights notably in terms of fighting against gender-based violence, gender equality and reproductive health.

The African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights was adopted on June 27, 1981 in Nairobi during the 18th African Union Summit and entered into force on October 21, 1986. It was inspired by the African Union Organisation’s Charter, and the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Maputo Protocol completes this charter by specifically strengthening women’s rights in Africa. It sets out several human rights including notably food, health, education, dignity and peace.

As part of this visit, the African delegation plans to meet the civil society and representatives of the Foreign Affairs, Justice and Women ministries so as to promote the Maputo Protocol and exchange experience in terms of legislatives in women’s rights field.

This delegation is led by Bilil Hasna, a member of the African Parliament in Djibouti, and made of four other members representing Togo, Rwanda, Cameroon and Burundi Republic.

Source: TAP News Agency

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