Report on Women’s Rights in Africa launched

The United Nations Human Rights office, together with African Union and UN Women, released a report on women’s rights in Africa. This is the first report in a series of analytical reports on the situation of women human rights on the continent that will be issued periodically and is to be read in conjunction with existing African Union reports on women’s human rights . The report assesses progress in relation to specific thematic areas such as sexual and reproductive health rights, albinism, violence, peace and security.  Among its recommendations, the report calls on African governments to encourage women’s full and productive employment, to recognize the importance of unpaid care and domestic work, and  take steps to reduce high maternal mortality rate, sexual violence, human trafficking, unsafe abortions, and HIV infections.