Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has urged the 17 member-states of the African Union (AU), which are yet to ratify the 2003 Maputo Protocol, to do so by the year 2020, the target date set by the AU.


President Akufo-Addo made the call at a forum on the Maputo Protocol― the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa ―on the side-lines of the on-going AU Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


He said the Maputo Protocol was the blueprint for empowering women and young girls who constituted 51% of Africa’s population while United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG 5) defined the goal of gender equality and full female empowerment.


He, therefore, invited decision-makers from all sectors of life on the continent to support the Protocol, having regard to the unfolding nature of the 21st century, with its accent on gender equality and the promotion of women’s rights as central to prospects for progress and prosperity.


President Akufo-Addo reminded African leaders of the unbearable impact and cost to the economies of their countries, society and the development of nations if women were excluded from the agenda for development adding “We do ourselves and future generations a great disservice if we leave women out of the agenda for development.”


The Ghanaian President is the co-Chair of the Eminent Group of Advocates on the 2030 UN SDGs and the African Union Gender Champion.


Source: ISD (Rex Mainoo Yeboah)