Human Rights Advances in Women's Reproductive Health in Africa

International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics129.2 (May 2015): 184-187

4 Pages Posted: 27 May 2015

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Charles Ngwena

Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria

Eunice Brookman-Amissah

Ipas Kenya

Patty Skuster

Ipas; University of Pennsylvania MPH Program

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights recently adopted General Comment No. 2 to interpret provisions of Article 14 of the Protocol to the African Charter on the Rights of Women. The provisions relate to women’s rights to fertility control, contraception, family planning, information and education, and abortion. The present article highlights the General Comment’s potential to promote women’s sexual and reproductive rights in multiple ways.

The General Comment’s human rights value goes beyond providing states with guidance for framing their domestic laws, practices, and policies to comply with treaty obligations. General Comment No. 2 is invaluable in educating all stakeholders — including healthcare providers, lawyers, policymakers, and judicial officers at the domestic level — about pertinent jurisprudence. Civil society and human rights advocates can use the General Comment to render the state accountable for failure to implement its treaty obligations.

Keywords: abortion, contraception, family planning, fertility control, human rights, reproductive health, sexual health

JEL Classification: I18, J13, K10, K32

Suggested Citation

Ngwena, Charles and Brookman-Amissah, Eunice and Skuster, Patty, Human Rights Advances in Women's Reproductive Health in Africa (2015). International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics129.2 (May 2015): 184-187. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2610765

Charles Ngwena (Contact Author)

Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria ( email )

Private Bag X20
Hatfield 0028
Pretoria
South Africa

Eunice Brookman-Amissah

Ipas Kenya ( email )

Nairobi
Kenya

Patty Skuster

Ipas ( email )

Chapel Hill, NC 27515
United States

University of Pennsylvania MPH Program ( email )

423 Guardian Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

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