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

MENTAL DISORDERS ACT OF ZAMBIA MUST BE DECLARED NULL AND VOID

Guest Blog post by Wamundila Waliuya, Founding President – Disability Rights Watch Many African countries » Read More

INTERNATIONAL DAY TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST SEX WORKERS

17 December is celebrated as International Day on no Violence against Sex Workers. As the » Read More

International Human Rights Day: SALC looks back on key developments and challenges in 2016

Every year, on 10 December, the world celebrates International Human Rights Day – the day » 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