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JOINT STATEMENT: CIVIL SOCIETY CALLS FOR AN END TO DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN IN TRADITIONAL LEADERSHIP: JOINT STATEMENT

On this International Day of Rural Women, 15 October, we, the undersigned organisations, call on African governments to end discrimination against rural women in Africa, especially in their access to traditional leadership roles and inheritance rights. Currently, a number of countries in Africa deny daughters the ability to become chiefs …» Read More

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JUDGMENT IN MAPINGURE V THE STATE: A STEP FORWARD FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS OR A TOKEN GESTURE

On Tuesday 25 March 2014, the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe ordered the government to compensate » Read More

A BRIEF ANALYSIS OF ZAMBIA’S CONSTITUTION-MAKING PROCESS AND THE ‘LEAKED’ FINAL DRAFT CONSTITUTION

On the 15th of January 2014 the Zambian Watchdog and Lusaka Times released a ‘leaked’ » Read More

Trial of Paul Kasonkomona points to politically motivated arrest

On 16 October 2013, the long awaited trial of human rights activist, Paul Kasonkomona, proceeded » Read More

News Stories

SALC in the News: Mosotho Woman Fights to be Chief

The Botswana Gazette Customary law provides for male succession only The case demonstrates how customary » Read More

SALC in the News: Women’s Movement Must Champion Justice Delivery

All Africa Priti Patel In August 2012, the Constitutional Court in Lesotho reserved judgement on » Read More

SALC in the News: SADC Leaders Duplicitous in Axing Tribunal

So often are the winds of change said to blow through the southern reaches of » Read More

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Priti

NEWS RELEASE: DARK DAY FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS IN LESOTHO AS HIGHEST COURT UPHOLDS DISCRIMINATORY CHIEFTAINSHIP ACT

Johannesburg, 17 April – Lesotho’s highest court today struck a serious blow against women’s rights and gender equality by upholding a discriminatory section of the Chieftainship Act, which denies daughters the right to succeed to chieftainship solely due to their gender. “This is a dark day for women in Lesotho. …» Read More

Priti

Lesotho: Women’s right to chieftainship

On 9 September 2014, Senate Masupha, the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA-Lesotho) and the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) submitted a complaint to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights challenging Lesotho’s law that provides for male-only succession to chieftainship. Ms Masupha, the first born child of a chief, is challenging …» Read More