Sexual and Reproductive Rights

The Sexual and Reproductive Rights (SRR) Programme works to ensure the protection of sexual and reproductive health rights in southern Africa. Southern Africa has a high burden of female reproductive cancers such as cervical cancer and faces excessively high maternal mortality, gender based violence and child marriage rates. Basic sexual and reproductive health services remain inaccessible or unavailable, while governments continue to impugn on women’s reproductive self-determination with impunity.

The SRR Programme is currently focused on increasing access to and availability of cervical cancer services throughout southern Africa in order to address the large number of deaths due to the illness in the region.

Blog Posts

SUPPORTING WOMEN’S RIGHTS ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

By Jessica Fitzgerald, an intern at SALC Every year, on 8 March, the world celebrates » Read More

Decriminalising Defamation in Africa

Last month a High Court in Kenya declared the offence of criminal defamation inconsistent with » Read More

SALC calls for #EqualHealthForAll

1 March is internationally known as Zero Discrimination Day. Discrimination undermines human dignity and is » Read More

Cases

Malawi: Challenging the criminalisation of breastfeeding by women living with HIV

SALC worked with the International Coalition of Women (ICW), Malawi and a private lawyer, Mr Wesley » Read More

MALAWI: DETENTION OF LEARNERS FOR PREGNANCY

SALC is working with Youth Watch Society (YOWSO) in Malawi on a case seeking the » Read More

Malawi: Discriminatory sentencing against persons with albinism

SALC is working with the Centre for Human Rights Education, Advice and Assistance (CHREAA) and » Read More

Commentary

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 a rape victim, Mildred Mapingure, after the State failed to prevent a pregnancy resultant from the rape. Subsequent to the decision, there has been much discussion on social media platforms in Zimbabwe on whether the …» Read More

MEDIA ADVISORY: ZIMBABWE SUPREME COURT TO RULE ON ACCESS TO LAWFUL TERMINATION OF PREGNANCY

Harare, 24 March – On Tuesday 25th March, the Zimbabwe Supreme Court will deliver its judgment in a landmark sexual and reproductive rights case brought by the Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association (ZWLA). The ZWLA argued that the government should pay maintenance for a child who was born because the authorities failed …» Read More