Sexual and Reproductive Rights

SALC’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights programme has the following objectives:

  • To ensure a human rights approach in management of teenage/adolescent and learner pregnancy
  • To challenge the practice of child and forced marriage
  • To ensure accountability for health care violations relating to sexual and reproductive health rights
  • To promote recognition and respect for sexual and reproductive health rights
  • To challenge laws and practices that violate sexual and reproductive health rights
  • To ensure accountability for and eradication of gender-based violence.

On-going cases:

Malawi: Challenge to the arrest and removal from school of pregnant learners
Botswana: Challenging prescription in medical negligence claim 
Eswatini (Swaziland): Challenging laws allowing child marriage



Precedent cases:

Zimbabwe: Case strengthening women’s access to reproductive health services.
Namibia: Challenging coerced sterilisation of women living with HIV.
Malawi: Advancing the best interests of the child in sentencing of caregivers.
Malawi: Challenging the criminalisation of breastfeeding by women living with HIV.
Lesotho: Challenge to unfair dismissal as a result of pregnancy in the Lesotho Defence Force.


15 Jun 2018 Staff Writer
Botswana: Challenging prescription in medical negligence claim...

In January 2017, SALC supported the filing of an appeal against a High Court decision dismissing a claim for medical negligence on the grounds that too much time had elapsed between the time of the injury and when the case…

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15 Jun 2018 Tambudzai Gonese
Eswatini (Swaziland): Challenging laws allowing child marriage...

In February 2017,SALC supported WLSA in Eswatini to  file a case challenging laws that allow child marriage. The challenge is to sections of the Marriage Act and customary law that allow a girl who is under 18 years to contract…

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23 May 2018 Tashwill Esterhuizen
Botswana: Challenging Criminalisation of Same-sex Sexual Relationships...

In September 2016, a gay man, filed an application challenging the constitutionality of sections 164(a), 164(c) and 165 of the Botswana Penal Code. These provisions criminalise same-sex sexual acts between consenting persons. The man seeks an order that the continued…

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10 Apr 2018 Staff Writer
Challenge to unfair dismissal as a result of pregnancy in the Lesotho Defence Fo...

SALC provided support to Advocate Monaheng Rasokoai and FIDA-Lesotho in the case of Mokhele and Others v Commander, Lesotho Defence Force and Others. The applicants were 3 female soldiers who were discharged from the Lesotho Defence Forces on the grounds…

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07 Mar 2018 Staff Writer
Celebrating Milestones on International Women’s Day 2018...

The United Nations theme for International Women’s Day for 2018 is “Time is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women’s Lives “. This year’s theme provides us with an opportunity to reflect and take stock of the achievements that have…

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15 Feb 2018 Staff Writer
News release: Lesotho High Court Recognises the Sexual and Reproductive Rights o...

On 14 February 2018, the Lesotho High Court handed down judgment in a landmark case on women’s rights. The judgment of Sakoane J (as part of a 3 panel bench) in the case of Private Lekhetso Mokhele and Others v…

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