NEWSLETTER BY THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN IN AFRICA MAY 2024

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From the desk of the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women 5

Celebrating 20 years of the Maputo Protocol and 25 years of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa:
Susan C Mutambasere and Irene Desiree Mbengue 8

CLARION CALL TO HALT REGRESSION IN THE GAMBIA – THE FGM DEBACLE
The Female Lawyers Association of The Gambia (FLAG) 11

Of Hope and Despair: The Gambia’s FGM Law & the Implementation of the Maputo Protocol
Ngenarr-Yassin Jeng 14

FGM IN SIERRA LEONE: The Battle continues
Farouk Sulaiman Taiwo Adedoyin 16

The positive contribution of the Maputo Protocol to the rights of women in Africa
Maat for Peace, Development and Human Rights 18   

The Maputo Protocol and Violence against Women in Africa
Dr. Adetokunbo Johnson 21

From Protocol to Power: South Africa's Progress in Combating Gender-Based Violence and Femicide
Sharna-Lee Clarke 26

Beyond Legislation: The Role of Civil Society in Advancing Article 8 of the Maputo Protocol in Malawi
Lindiwe Sibande and Immaculate Maluza 28

Women's right to a healthy and sustainable environment:
Innovation of the Maputo Protocol
Ajabu mastaki gabriel; Professor Nzohabonayo Anaclet ;
Professor Nicolas de Sadeleer 31

Zimbabwe’s Experiences in Implementing Maputo Protocol
provisions on Women’s Right to Participation in the Political and Decision-Making Process
Clayton Hazvinei Vhumbunu 34

Celebrating the Unsung Heroes: Women supporting
the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa 39

Scenes from around the continent deliberating on the
elimination of FGM in Africa 40