The Role of the Maputo Protocol in Eliminating Discrimination Against Women: A Macro-Level Analysis

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human rights law, women’s rights, Maputo Protocol, CEDAW, stigma, deprivation, liberty


Community-Based Learning | Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence | Gender and Sexuality | Human Rights Law | Policy Design, Analysis, and Evaluation


The central question in this paper explores why international and regional declarations of the rights of women in Africa, such as the Maputo Protocol, have failed to prevent the deprivation of liberty for women. Despite the extensive legal protections for women, deprivation of liberty in the public and private sphere continues to hinder gender equality initiatives. While these regulations and conditions exist in the legal realm, there continues to be a gap between policies and practices regarding the rights of women in Africa. This paper explores these disparities in depth, and attempts to identify the underlying causes of women’s deprivation. This analysis is done in hopes that emerging trends and pathways may be identified and addressed to ensure that the rights guaranteed to women under the Maputo Protocol and CEDAW are upheld in countries that have made commitments to these guidelines.

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