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Africa- Refugee & Internally Displaced Women & Girls of the Great Lakes Region

 

The Great Lakes Pact represents a commitment by the eleven member states of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) to work to end the conflicts which have plagued their region, and to cooperate on security, governance, development, humanitarian and social issues. The Pact has been ratified by Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, The Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. Angola, Sudan and Zambia have yet to finalise the ratification process.

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The Great Lakes Pact and the Rights of Displaced People: A Guide for Civil Society

 

Publication Date: September 2008

 

Direct Link to Document:

http://www.internal-displacement.org/8025708F004BE3B1/(httpInfoFiles)/F711A2342A435FA7C12574C9002C6BC8/$file/GL_guide_eng.pdf

 

"The Rights of Women"

 

"Women refugees and IDPs face many obstacles in reclaiming their property upon return. In many respects these challenges are simply an extension of the discrimination faced by women in non-displacement situations. In some areas in the region, for example, women are not permitted to own land. This is the case, as an example, in Angola, where according to customary law, land is to be left in the control of men; and a widow risks losing the land to her husband's famiy. Such arrangements create additional obstacles to the return of displaced women, and often encourage exploitation and destitution."

 

"The Property Protocol recalls and recommits states to progressive principles already recognised in international law. Article 3(1)(e) of the Protocol provides as a starting point, states must ratify and comply with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa.".......

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Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre

http://www.internal-displacement.org:80/greatlakes

 

 

Following the entry into force in June 2008 of the Pact on Security, Stability and Development in Africaís Great Lakes region (the Great Lakes Pact), the Norwegian Refugee Councilís Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) and the International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI) released The Great Lakes Pact and the Rights of Displaced People: A Guide for Civil Society. The Guide aims to help organisations use the Great Lakes Pact to promote the rights of refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) in the region.

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Press release: New guide aims to benefit millions displaced in Africaís Great Lakes region (19 September 2008)

New Guide Aims to Benefit Millions Displaced in Africaís Great Lakes Region

GENEVA, 19 September 2008: Following the entry into force in June 2008 of the Pact on Security, Stability and Development in Africaís Great Lakes region (the Great Lakes Pact), the Norwegian Refugee Councilís Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) and the International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI) today release The Great Lakes Pact and the Rights of Displaced People: A Guide for Civil Society. The Guide aims to help organisations use the Great Lakes Pact to promote the rights of refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) in the region.

The Great Lakes Pact represents a commitment by the eleven member states of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) to work to end the conflicts which have plagued their region, and to cooperate on security, governance, development, humanitarian and social issues. The Pact has been ratified by Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, The Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. Angola, Sudan and Zambia have yet to finalise the ratification process.





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