From October 13 to October 15, 2021, a 3-day training workshop aiming at Strengthening Capacities for Promoting Ratification, Implementation and Reporting on the Maputo Protocol was organized by the Network for African National Human Rights Institutions for the National Commission for Human Rights and Civil Society Orgainizations. The workshop brought together representatives of the National Commission for Human Rights and selected Civil Society Organisations based on the strategic relevance to the implementation and reporting on the Maputo Protocol.
The capacity-building training raised awareness and understanding about women’s human rights as espoused in Maputo Protocol with aim to strengthen their understanding to undertake monitoring and reporting pursuant to Article 62 of the African Charter and Article 26 of the Maputo Protocol. State parties are required to submit every two years, a report on the legislative or other measures taken giving effect to the rights and freedoms guaranteed in the Charter and the Protocol.
The participants were sensitized on the Maputo Protocol and related soft law instruments, their capacities to develop and submit alternative and shadow reports to the African Commission on the Maputo Protocol were enhanced and the capacities of the National Commission for Human Rights and Civil Society Organisations to engage the State with aim of accelerating the implementation of the Maputo Protocol; and State Party reporting to the African Commission with particular focus on the application of the African Commission Guidelines for State Party reports on the Maputo Protocol were improved. Further more, the capacities of National Commission for Human Rights and Civil Society Organisations to support the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa were enhanced.
Therefore, the training workshop will now increase in the extent to which the National Commission for Human Rights and Civil Society Organisations invoke the provisions of the Maputo Protocol in their capacity strengthening activities and advisories to the government relating to the protection of women’s/girls’ rights. It will also increase level of advocacy and action at the national level for the monitoring implementation and reporting on the Maputo Protocol. Moreover, the traning workshop will enhance collaboration with Special Rapporteur on Rights of Women in Africa. The training workshop will then help to increase submission of alternative/shadow reports by the National Commission for Human Rights and Civil Society Organisations on the Maputo Protocl to enhance the African Commission’s constructive engagement with Rwanda and assessment of its periodic reports.