Centre for Human Rights:
Research and advocacy related to COVID-19
The Centre, through its Units, is undertaking a number of research and advocacy projects that deals with the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on human rights in Africa.
Experiences of ageing are not uniform. They are gendered. Not only do women tend to outlive their male counterparts, but they are also taken for granted in their traditional caretaking and support roles.
The #AgeWithRights campaign works at accelerating state ratification of the Protocol on the Rights of Older Persons. It brings together community activists, researchers, scholars, governments, and other stakeholders to develop initiatives to advance the rights of older persons.
COVID-19 Disability Rights Monitor
With the endorsements of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, Mr Dainius Pūras, and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Ms Catalina Devandas Aguilar, a coalition of six disability rights organisations launched an international monitoring initiative entitled COVID-19 Disability Rights Monitor to conduct rapid independent monitoring of state measures concerning persons with disabilities.
Action Group on GBV
The Women’s Rights Unit continues to work within the CSO Action Group on GBV to call for the prioritization and implementation of a comprehensive response to GBV during the COVID-19 lockdown. This allowed for the registration of organisation that work directly with survivors of GBV to be recognised as essential services.