Supporters and partners
The Inter-African Committee enjoys consultative status with the United Nations (UN/ECOSOC) and holds an observer status with the African Union. It works in partnership with UNFPA, WHO and UNICEF and is a member of the NGO network affiliated to the International Organisation of Francophone countries. The IAC collaborates with several international organisations active in the field of the protection of women’s and children’s human rights.
Working within the framework of the 1979 United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and with a number of partners, IAC has made a major contribution in raising awareness at all levels of policy on harmful practices, particularly female genital mutilation, and in advocating for their recognition and/or integration in various United Nations and regional human rights treaties, statements and declarations of major UN conferences on women. These include:
Supporter and Partners
• 1984: Convention against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatments or punishment;
• 1990: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (article 24.3):
• 1990: African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child;
• 1993: United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women (Res. 48/104, 48 U.N. GAOR)
• 1994: International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) (Cairo)
• 1995: United Nations 4th World Conference on Women (Beijing)
• 1997: WHO Regional Plan of Action to accelerate the elimination of FGM;
• 1997: Joint WHO/UNFPA/UNICEF Statement for the elimination of FGM (updated in 2008);
• 1999: United Nations Resolution, ECOSOC, A/RES/53/117 on FGM;
• 2003: Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, on the Rights of Women (referred to as the Maputo Protocol).