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When domestic institutions fail to uphold the law and are in some cases the violators of the law, it may be possible or indeed necessary to seek redress beyond national boundaries. Regional legal framework on gender means that women and girls can claim their rights to be assessed at a regional level, providing the country is put of this framework, and providing all national remedies have either been exhausted or deemed inefficient.

The following pages introduce the gender provisions of the three existing regional frameworks: African, American and European. Asia is the one major region that still does not have a human rights mechanism at the regional level.

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African Charter on Human and People’s Rights

African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child

European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights

American Convention on Human Rights