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The State of African women- Mapping the gap between policy and reality

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On Friday 12 October 2018, the International Planned Parenthood Federation Africa and the Young Women's Christian Association Kenya presented their findings on ‘The State of African women’. 

The recently launched report is part of an EU-funded project under the Pan-African programme. It reviews the status of continental commitments protecting women’s rights and their ratification at national level in different African countries.

As the first continental report tackling gender-based inequalities, the report provides an evidence base focussed on four areas: gender-based violence against women, harmful practices (especially child marriage and female genital mutilation), sexual and reproductive health and rights, and HIV and AIDS.  Via in-depth case studies, it gives insight into the ways in which diverse actors can contribute to change. In a second phase, the findings will be translated into advocacy in the field and serve other organisations fighting to make women’s rights a reality.

The ‘State of African Women’ Report is part of the three-year awareness-raising project ‘State of African Women Campaign’ that focuses on increasing civil society’s contributions to promote the implementation of the African Union policy frameworks. The African legal framework for the protection of women’s rights, including the Maputo Protocol and the Maputo Plan of Action, is widely recognised as ambitious. However, there are gaps in its implementation and monitoring. The project is implemented by a consortium of eight organisations, including International Planned Parenthood Federation Africa Region (IPPFAR), International Planned Parenthood Federation European Network (IPPFEN), Organisation of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA), Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (DSW), Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Faith to Action Network (F2A), and the Young Women Christian Association Kenya (YWCA) and is funded by the European Union via its Pan-African Programme.

The initiative is also an important step for the implementation of the #RightByHer campaign, aiming at strengthening civil society's contribution to implement African commitments on women and girls’ rights.