Africa: Human Rights Advances in Women’s Reproductive Health

Congratulations to Prof. Charles G. Ngwena of the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and co-authors Dr. Eunice Brookman-Amissah and Patty Skuster, J.D., M.P.P., from Ipas, whose new article has been published in the International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics and is now available online at SSRN.

Ngwena CG, Brookman-Amissah E & Skuster,  P.   ‘Human rights advances in women’s reproductive health in Africa’ (2015) 129 International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics  184-87.

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.

The full text of this paper is online at SSRN.

67 other articles on “Ethical and Legal Issues in Reproductive and Sexual Health” are available online here.

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