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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 afer the Protocol was conceived, progress has been made, yet many women and girls are stll deprived of their fundamental human rights. 

One of the main areas that the Maputo Protocol covers is Sexual and Reproductive Health. This factsheet takes you through the exact meaning of ‘Sexual and Reproductive Health’ and compares the rights that were promised thye women and girls of Africa when the Maputo Protocol was ratified, with the realities of their current situation.