Sexual and Reproductive Health 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.

Current cases:

Malawi: Seeking accountability for unlawful detention of pregnant learners.
Eswatini (Swaziland): Challenging laws allowing child marriage
Malawi: Challenging  criminalisation of adolescent sexuality.

Completed cases:

Tanzania: Challenging laws allowing child marriage.
Botswana: Challenging prescription in medical negligence claim 
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: Challenge to the arrest and removal from school of pregnant learners
Malawi: Challenging the criminalisation of breastfeeding by women living with HIV.
Malawi: Protecting right to freedom of expression for Woman Human Rights Defenders
Lesotho: Challenge to unfair dismissal as a result of pregnancy in the Lesotho Defence Force.


The Global Gag Rule and access to abortion impact on law reform in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Eswatini and Malawi


SALC in the News: Student’s Rape Case Attracts CSOs Attention

25 Feb 2021 Staff Writer
SALC in the news: Student’s rape case attracts CSOs attention...

On 25 February 2021, The Nation reported about a girl who was raped in police custody. Read the article here.…

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22 Feb 2021 Tambudzai Gonese
The Global Gag Rule and Access to Abortion: Impact on law reform in Zimbabwe, Za...

SALC presents a policy brief on the impact of the Global gag rule on law reform for access to safe…

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06 Oct 2020 Staff Writer
Call in the lawyers: mitigating the Global Gag Rule...

Article on the effects of the global gag rule, how it negatively impacts efforts to improve laws to ensure access…

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26 Aug 2020 Staff Writer
News Release: Challenge to use of Defilement Offences against Adolescents Engage...

Blantyre, 26 August 2020 – Yesterday, the Child Justice Court sitting in Blantyre, Malawi, issued an order for a stay…

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03 Jul 2020 Staff Writer

SALC is working with Centre for Human Rights Education, Advice and Assistance (CHREAA) – Malawi in a challenge to the law of defilement in s138 of the…

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30 Apr 2020 Staff Writer
Malawi: Seeking accountability for unlawful detention of pregnant learners...

SALC is working with Youth Watch Society (YOWSO) in Malawi on a case seeking the payment of damages for false…

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17 Mar 2020 Staff Writer
Celebrating International Women’s Day...

International Women’s Day (IWD), which was held on 8 March 2020, represents an important day in the fight for women’s…

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23 Oct 2019 Staff Writer
News Release: Tanzania Court of Appeal upholds ban on child marriage...

23 October 2019 - Today, the Tanzania Court of Appeal issued a judgment in the case of Attorney General V…

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