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A Guide to Using the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa for Legal Action

The “Guide to Using the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa for Legal Action” was developed as a tool for lawyers, women’s rights defenders, and public prosecutors. The guide corresponds with objectives to contextualize and implement the Protocol. It takes two approaches:  (1) encouraging member states to take practical steps to domesticate and implement the Protocol and (2) encouraging lawyers and women’s rights defenders to use the Protocol as a tool to defend women and girls whose human rights have been violated.

The tool offers step-by-step guidance for using the Protocol at local, national and regional levels. It explains what constitutes a violation in the context of the Protocol and how to bring these violations before domestic courts and regional mechanisms like the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. It provides case law that lawyers can reference on key cases related to women’s rights, ruled on by various Human Rights Treaties monitoring bodies including the African Commission.

Uploaded on: Jan 27, 2014
Last Updated: Feb 23, 2017

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Resource Type: Practitioner Resources Issues: Legal Aid & Public Interest Law, Women's Rights