Top 10 Wins #7: Cameroun Ratifies Women's Rights Protocol

Each year IWHC issues a publication highlighting the “Top Ten Wins for Women’s Health and Rights” for that year. This week on Akimbo, we’ll be unveiling our latest picks for the top ten wins for women’s health and rights of 2009. Click here to view the list from last year.

On May 28th, 2009 Cameroun joined 27 other African countries in ratifying the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, better known as the Maputo Protocol. Adopted in 2003 by the African Union, the Protocol calls on countries to eliminate discrimination against women and girls, and uphold their rights to dignity, life, education and training, and health, including reproductive rights.

What’s Next: IWHC applauds Camerounian President Biya’s decision to ratify the Maputo Protocol, and will continue to support the advocacy efforts of our local partners, like FESADE, to ensure the full implementation and funding of the Protocol. At the 4th Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights that IWHC will cosponsor in February, IWHC and our partner, Advocates for Youth, will hold a training for SRRH advocates from across Africa and develop a strategy to advocate with their governments to ratify and fully implement the Protocol.

Find out more:

  1. Read a blog entry by our colleague Reine Rosine Agang Why Cameroun Needs Maputo (in both French and English)
  2. Find out more about our partner organization FESADE and their work to ensure the full implementation and funding of the Protocol


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