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This series of programme insights papers highlights some of the work undertaken by Oxfam GB’s partners in Southern Africa to popularise and lobby for the ratification, domestication, and implementation of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women (the Africa Women’s Protocol). Oxfam GB’s mission is to work with others to overcome poverty and suffering. Our interpretation of poverty goes beyond lack of finances to encompass lack of capabilities, powerlessness, and inequality. Our fight to overcome poverty and suffering focuses on the right to a sustainable livelihood, water, education, health, protection and security, a voice in public life, and freedom from discrimination. The promotion of gender equality and women’s rights is therefore at the heart of our efforts. The Africa Women’s Protocol is a key tool that legitimises the struggle for gender equality and women’s empowerment.

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