Final Communique – 59th Ordinary Session ACPHR English
In commemoration of the African Year of Human Rights with particular focus on the rights of women, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission) and the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (the Committee) organised their 59th Ordinary Session and 28th Ordinary Session from 21 October to 4 November 2016 and 21 October to 1 November 2016, respectively, in Banjul, Islamic Republic of The Gambia.
The joint ceremony was officially opened by Honourable Mama Fatima Singhateh, Attorney General and Minister of Justice representing the Vice President and Minister of Women Affairs of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia.
In her opening statement, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice recognized that women across the African continent have come a long way since the inception of the Banjul Charter; and that there have been many obstacles along the way but some have resulted in numerous milestones celebrated. She also noted that, however, many women in Africa continue to be victims of human rights violations, such as domestic violence, customary tradition, many of which fail to acknowledge the rights of women especially in relation to inheritance by women, sexual violence and abuse, equal access to education, and equal sexual and reproductive health services. She also underscored the progress made by the Islamic Republic of The Gambia in the promotion and protection of the rights of women, including through the enactment of the Women’s Act of 2010, the Domestic Violence Act 2013, the Sexual Offences Act of 2013, amended the Women’s Act in 2015, prohibiting Female Genital Mutilation in The Gambia
and amended the Children’s Act in 2016, abolishing child marriage. She also hoped that the 59th Ordinary Session would open the platform for fruitful deliberations whilst celebrating women in all spheres of life for their contribution to society and the continent as a whole.