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The Gender Gap in Southern African Politics: The gap between the law and reality of gendered political representation

Participation in the political process is at the heart of democratic values.  Democratic election of leaders is a civic exercise of selecting leaders that can best represent the interest of the voter.  Public offices across Southern Africa have had consistently low ratios of female members.  The lack of women in…
Staff Writer
8 Mar 2019
Articles and OpinionsFreedom of Expression, Assembly and AssociationHealth RightsNewsSADCSex Worker RightsSOGIE Rights

Official registration of key populations organizations opens doors for funding and sustainable HIV responses

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 responses in the region. Globally, new HIV infections are on…
Staff Writer
30 Nov 2018
Articles and OpinionsChildren's RightsSexual and Reproductive Health RightsZimbabwe

Calling for the total elimination of violence against women and children in Zimbabwe through a more effective state response

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 affecting women in Zimbabwe. As we commemorate the Day of…
Tambudzai Gonese
27 Nov 2018
Articles and OpinionsBlogBotswanaSexual and Reproductive Health Rights

Botswana Court Decision amounts to a Step in the Right Direction in ensuring the Protection of women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights

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 far as women’s rights are concerned. Women who approach health…
Tambudzai Gonese
31 Oct 2018
Articles and OpinionsBotswanaFreedom of Expression, Assembly and AssociationLesothoNews


Published by AfricanLII on 28 May 2018 In this opinion piece, Anneke Meerkotter, Litigation Director of the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC), discusses a recent High Court of Lesotho (sitting as a Constitutional Court) judgment which declared the offence of criminal defamation unconstitutional. She takes the opportunity to also reflect more generally…