Africa Liberation Day 2018: Do you know your Charter?

This May 25th, on Africa Liberation Day, tell us what the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights means to you!

On this Africa Liberation Day, the Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL) invites you to join us in reflecting on the importance of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on our collective liberation and freedom as women and communities of people fighting for justice and freedom. While the Charter seeks to guarantee freedom from discrimination for all, the right to equality and freedom of expression to name a few, women’s interests and rights continue to go unaddressed and remain sidelined by States.

As the premier institution tasked with the protection and promotion of human and peoples’ rights and the interpretation of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Banjul Charter), the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) affords activists working on sexuality and gender a vital and unique regional space to contribute to collective norm setting, to demand state accountability and provide a space for movement building with other human rights and social justice formations on the continent.

The mandate of the ACHPR is currently under intense scrutiny and its independence to promote and protect human rights on the continent is threatened. On this Africa Liberation Day, we must remember that to enact our Pan-Africanist ideals, we must protect the independence of institutions that keep in check powers that put profit and greed before people.

The Charter offers us the opportunity to imagine a future and a present where our Pan-Africanism respects diversity and rights on the continent, as well as promoting the bodily autonomy and liberation  of women.

Join us on May 25!

Here are a few ways that you can participate:

Join us on Twitter @CALAdvocacy from 14h00 to 15h00 (SAST) on 25 May,  and tell us what the Charter means to you, and how you see this document as an important tool to advocate for sexual rights and women’s’ rights. Some questions you would like to consider while reflecting on the role of the Charter in your work are:

      • Which articles of the Charter respond the most to your area of work?
      • Where does the Charter need to be strengthened?
      • Is there language or ideas that need rethinking that can be found in the Charter?
      • To what extent is your government not/complying with the Charter

Follow us on Twitter (@CALAdvocacy) to access posters that you can use on your own social media.

Can’t participate in the discussion? You can share or schedule the following tweets:

    • Article 3: l. Every individual shall be equal before the law and 2. Every individual shall be entitled to equal protection of the law. #KnowYourCharter #ALD2018
    • Article 4: Human beings are inviolable. Every human being shall be entitled to respect for his life and the integrity of his person. No one may be arbitrarily deprived of this right. #KnowYourCharter #ALD2018
    • Article 5: Every individual shall have the right to the respect of the dignity inherent in a human being and to the recognition of his legal status. #KnowYourCharter #ALD2018
    • Article 6: Every individual shall have the right to liberty and to the security of his person. No one may be deprived of his freedom except for reasons and conditions previously laid down by law. In particular, no one may be arbitrarily arrested or detained.#KnowYourCharter
    • Article 19: All peoples shall be equal; they shall enjoy the same respect and shall have the same rights. Nothing shall justify the domination of a people by another. #KnowYourCharter #ALD2018
    • Article 16 (1): Every individual shall have the right to enjoy the best attainable state of physical and mental health. #KnowYourCharter #ALD2018
    • Article 28: Every individual shall have the duty to respect and consider his fellow beings without discrimination, and to maintain relations aimed at promoting, safeguarding and reinforcing mutual respect and tolerance. #KnowYourCharter #ALD2018
    • Article 18 (3): The State shall ensure the elimination of every discrimination against women and also censure the protection of the rights of the woman and the child as stipulated in international declarations and conventions.