My African Union Campaign #BeTheVoice


“My African Union” is a campaign seeking to mobilize African citizens to be the voice that calls on African governments to implement the commitments they have adopted in the form of legal instruments and policy standards at the African Union (AU). It is hoped that through this campaign, African citizens will act/do/engage/speak-out on matters that affect their development, freedoms and rights. The Campaign is being championed by the State of the Union (SOTU) Coalition.

Using the call to action “BE THE VOICE,” the campaign seeks to motivate Africans to unify their voices, demands and actions using the campaign as a platform to demand action from African governments and the African Union.

Actions citizens can take:

African citizens have the opportunity to act/do/engage/speak-out by sharing their opinions, thoughts and messages to their governments and the African Union. African leaders can also respond on these platforms.

  1. Take the Pledge – Africans take a stand by signing a pledge at to speak out and support calls on African governments to fulfil their commitments and implement the AU instruments.
  2. Post a Selfie with your own comment – Africans put their name, face(s) and messages to African governments through posts on twitter: (use #BeTheVoice) or Facebook: and on our website
  3. Have Your Say – Africans to share their thoughts, opinions and questions on the AU through posts on twitter: (use #BeTheVoice) or Facebook: and on our website
  4. Learn and Empower – Africans to gain knowledge about the AU and its Instruments so that they gain awareness about the key issues promised in the AU instruments. To visit and read at least ONE instrument and share thoughts on what it says and to share with their friends/contacts.

Campaign Focus

The Campaign is focusing on promoting and monitoring AU instruments that cover these issues:

  1. Good Governance, Democracy & Elections – The African Charter on Democracy, elections and governance
  2. Corruption &Transparency – The African Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption
  3. Human Rights – The African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights
  4. Gender Equality & Women’s Rights – The Protocol to the African Charter on Human Rights and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa
  5. Health The Africa Health Strategy
  6. Access to Medical Services – The Abuja Call for Accelerated Action towards Universal Access to HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Services in Africa.
  7. Sexual & Reproductive Health Services – The Maputo Plan of Action for the Operationalisation of the Continental Policy Framework for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
  8. Youth Rights – The African Youth Charter
  9. Children’s Rights – The African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child
  10. Conservation & Natural Resources The Revised African Convention on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources
  11. Food Security & Agricultural Development The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)
  12. Water & Sanitation The Sharm El-Sheikh Commitments for Accelerating the Achievement of Water and Sanitation Goals in Africa
  13. Regional Integration The Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community
  14. Parliamentary Oversight & Citizens’ RepresentationProtocol to the Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community relating to the Pan- African Parliament