We are far from fulfilling the rights of every woman and girl. Progress has been uneven and slow. Global targets have not been achieved. Thousands have unmet needs.
- 115 million women in sub-saharan Africa today were married before the age of eighteen.
- 3 out of 4 women in Africa are denied the contraceptive care they need.
- One woman dies every three minutes from complications of pregnancy and childbirth in sub-saharan Africa.
The COVID-19 pandemic is disproportionately affecting women and girls. As a result of social-distancing measures put in place to contain the spread of the virus, the pandemic has caused a rise in sexual and gender-based violence and is limiting access to essential sexual and reproductive health and rights services.
2020 is an opportunity to transform commitments into real action.
The future partnership between the EU and Africa has the opportunity to galvanise the strong commitments made by African governments, by signing the Maputo Protocol, to protect and promote women’s and girls’ rights.
The renewed EU-Africa strategy, and the EU-Africa pillar of the post-Cotonou agreement, should have the protection and promotion of women’s and girls’ rights at its core, including sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Will you stand #RightByHer?