Despite this and other measures, says the report, the
remaining challenges and gaps for the full realization of
women’s rights is daunting.
In every country on the continent, as is the case globally,
women continue to be denied full enjoyment of rights, argues the
In Africa, one in three women have experienced either
physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or sexual
violence by a non-partner at some point in their lifetime; in
six countries, there is no legal protection for women against
domestic violence, according to the report.
In 2013, African women and girls accounted for 62 percent
(179,000) of all global deaths from preventable causes related
to pregnancy and childbirth; in sub-Saharan Africa women
comprises the highest percentage of new HIV infections.
An estimated 130 million girls and women alive today have
undergone FGM (female genital mutilation), mainly in Africa; and
125 million African women and girls alive today were married
before the age of 18, according to the report.
Protection gaps in the areas of health, marriage and family
relations are particularly striking as is the non-recognition of
intersectional forms of discrimination, says the report.
In many countries, these gaps are also compounded by
political instability and conflict, adds the report.
The report calls on African governments to, among others,
strengthen support for institutions in relation to gender
equality and empowerment of women, including the systematic
integration of a gender perspective in all ministries as well as
national human rights institutions.
It calls for adoption of targets to ensure women full and
productive employment, and decent work, and recognition and
valuing unpaid care and domestic work.
The report also calls on governments to ensure women can
access and control their own economic and financial resources.