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This year (2019) marks 16 years since the adoption of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, famously known as the Maputo Protocol by the African Union in 2003 in Maputo, Mozambique. This formidable and landmark regional treaty is lauded as one of the most progressive instruments on the rights of women and girls not only in Africa but in the world.

October 17, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, (IDEP) is just a few …