Women of the World: Laws and Policies Affecting Their Reproductive Lives – Francophone Africaes el resultado de un examen en profundidad de las leyes y políticas que afectan a la salud y los derechos reproductivos de las mujeres en siete países del África francófona: Benín, Burkina Faso, Camerún, Chad, Costa de Marfil, Malí y Senegal.
The report makes clear that although these countries have adopted policies to address many of the salud reproductiva problems common to the region, including high levels of maternal and infant mortality and high prevalence rates of HIV/AIDS, these policies have not had the desired effect. Women continue to suffer in the face of discriminatory customary laws and practices that undermine their social and economic autonomy. It is recommended that governments should resolve the contradictions between customary laws and statutory laws, and between laws and policies. In the absence of a commitment on the part of national governments to resolve these contradictions or to ensure that those laws already in place are respected and applied, women will continue to face discrimination in those areas that most directly affect their public and private lives.