by Shamillah Wilson
In the 21st century, the African continent faces complex questions of social, economic, and political resilience. In the more than 25 years since the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, there have been numerous advances in gender equality within national and international institutions, legal frameworks and policy mandates, as well as in approaches aimed at securing sexual and reproductive health and rights, LGBTI rights and political and economic rights, among other areas. While many African countries made progress in terms of instituting progressive laws and policies to address gender inequalities, implementation of laws remains a challenge and, as a result, women continue to face discrimination in matters of personal law such as marriage, inheritance, citizenship/nationality and access to property and land (African Union Commission, 2018).
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