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Title:Article 18 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: A Progressive Approach to Women's Human Rights
Author:Kois, LisaISNI
Year:1997
Periodical:East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights (ISSN 1021-8858)
Volume:3
Issue:1
Pages:92-114
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:African agreements
human rights
women
African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Women's Issues
Inter-African Relations
Law, Legal Issues, and Human Rights
law
women's rights
family law
Civil law
customary law
Abstract:Article 18 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights has the potential to act as a strong grid for the protection of the human rights of women in Africa, particularly women within the family. After a general discussion of the human rights of women, the author examines article 18 and analyses the scope of protection afforded to women by each of its provisions. She reviews issues affecting the human rights of women in Africa, notably gender inequalities in the political and economic domain and gender-based violence, and the impact of African family law on women. She then considers State reporting on violence against women in light of the fact that the Banjul Charter refers to international instruments in general, while the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights specifically relies on the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. The author concludes by suggesting strategies for the effective utilization of article 18 of the Banjul Charter in enhancing mechanisms of protection of the rights of all women. Notes, ref.
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