The lack of universal access to women’s reproductive health services has contributed to the collective failure to be on target to achieve the MDGs by 2015. This is part and parcel of the failure to secure Universal Access by 2010 and is a major factor in the high burden of HIV and AIDS on the African continent.
The international community has three major treaties that clearly set out the obligations and duties of African states in relation to women’s reproductive health. Through the ratification and domestication of these three treaties, African states can take major steps towards achieving women’s reproductive health rights, rolling back HIV and AIDS on the continent and ensuring the MDGs are reached by 2015. The three treaties are:
1. United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of
Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
2. The International Convention on Economic Social and Cultural
3. The Protocol of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’
Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (African Women’s
Below is a report and briefs for various audiences on international and domestic legal obligations regarding women's equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights.
|International commmitments report