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Fifty-one out of fifty-four African countries have signed a ground-breaking legal framework known as the Maputo Protocol; forty-one have ratified it. The Maputo Protocol is a powerful instrument enshrining women’s and girls’ rights. Fifteen years after the Protocol was conceived, progress has been made, yet many women and girls are still deprived of their fundamental human rights. 

One of the main areas that the Maputo Protocol covers is Gender-Based Violence Against Women. This factsheet takes you through the exact meaning of this term and compares the rights that were promised the women and girls of Africa when the Maputo Protocol was ratified, with the realities of their current situation.