Introduction: The Conference aims to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (the Maputo Protocol). In particular, the conference aims to reflect upon the possibility of further promoting women’s sexual and reproductive right in Africa. Departing from a critical engagement with the Maputo Protocol, participants will be asked to think about strategies to implement said protocol thus enhancing women’s rights in Africa.
The University of Pretoria organizes several conferences and workshops to discuss the status of human rights in Africa. As such, it is worth considering all the events planned for this year to assess whether there are more events you would like to attend. The complete list can be found here
Objectives: Participants are invited to expand on any aspect on women’s rights advocacy related to the general theme of the conference. In particular, participants are invited to explore one or more of the following themes:
- Women and HIV
- Access to safe abortion
- Women’s reproductive rights and the role of resources
- Women’s sexual rights
- The sexual and reproductive rights of lesbian and bisexual women
Papers can be of theoretical nature and they can also present fieldwork results or discuss ongoing projects. The conference will be organised in different panels according to the number of papers selected. Participants will have the opportunity to listen to a broad range of analyses and also to discuss innovative ideas. The main aim of this conference is, in fact, to assess the current situation of women’s rights in Africa to propose new strategies and recommendation to further enhance these rights and also to make women aware of their rights.
Venue: The University of Pretoria (South Africa)
Dates: 9-10 December 2013
Eligibility: The conference is open to academics, practitioners, and individuals interested in discussing the issue of women’s rights in Africa.
Why it is important for NGOs to attend it: This conference can appeal those working in NGOs concerned with gender equality and women’s rights in Africa. The conference will bring together a great number of experts and practitioners to foster a productive discussion about the future of women’s rights in Africa. As such, to present a paper at this conference could give you the opportunity to advertise your NGO’s initiatives and scopes. By attending this conference, you will also be able to promote the activities of your organisation among other civil society members, academics, and also policy makes or governmental officials with the potential to further link your organisation with other research institutions and political bodies.
Fees: Not specified. Funding for travel and accommodation is available to support those whose abstract have been accepted.
Application deadlines: 31 July 2013. Selected authors will be notified by 15 September.
How to apply: Applicants must send a proposal (300-350 words) in English to [email protected]. Applicants must specify their affiliation, qualification, contact details and the title of their abstract along with the proposal.