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.


30 Nov 2018 Staff Writer
Official registration of key populations organizations opens doors for funding a...

Local community groups working with populations vulnerable to HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa are making inroads into obtaining official recognition by their governments, which is expanding opportunities for increased funding and ensuring a more substantial, and needed, role in national HIV…

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27 Nov 2018 Tambudzai Gonese
Calling for the total elimination of violence against women and children in Zimb...

The recent report of the killing of a young  lawyer on the night of the 25th November 2018,the International day of Elimination of Violence Against Women, by her partner brings home the gravity and currency of the problem of violence…

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31 Oct 2018 Tambudzai Gonese
Botswana Court Decision amounts to a Step in the Right Direction in ensuring the...

The recent decision of the Botswana Court of Appeal in the case of  GMJ v Attorney General clarifying the limits of the law regarding the  prescription of  medical negligence claims, is an important decision, not only in general, but as…

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31 Oct 2018 Staff Writer
Dynamic African Human Rights Defender wins UN Human Rights Award 2018...

SALC extends its hearty congratulations to a prolific young woman human rights defender, Rebeca Gyumi, for receiving the well-deserved UN Human Rights Award for 2018 in recognition of her work in advancing the rights of girl children. Rebeca is the…

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29 Oct 2018 Staff Writer
NEWS RELEASE: Botswana Court of Appeal Clarifies the Limits of Prescription in M...

The Botswana Court of Appeal, in the case of GMJ v Attorney General has issued a decision upholding an appeal against the decision of the High Court to dismiss a claim for damages for medical negligence on the grounds that…

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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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