Constitutional and legal rights

Tanzania: Traditional leaders play key role in ending FGM

Tanzania: Traditional leaders play key role in ending FGM

By Anne Robi, Dar es Salaam, 3 December: Maria Mangare (not her real name) was only 13 years old when she was cut off, leaving her with a wound and scar that have since put her in long-term health risks. “It will take me years and years to forget that act as I still remember […]

Three Years of Safe Haven

Three Years of Safe Haven ‘Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time’ – Ruth Bader Ginsburg Background Since its inception in September 2017, Gender Links Safe Haven Halfway Home (SHHH) has been a refuge for 69 residents coming from different socio-economic backgrounds and having known numerous types of violence throughout their lifetime […]

SADC Gender Barometer 2020 Foreword by Dr. T

SADC Gender Barometer 2020 Foreword by Dr. T

By Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng, Johannesburg, 9 August 2020: #VoiceandChoice resonates with the subject closest to my heart: quality sexual and reproductive health services. Without voice there is no choice. Without choice women and girls have little hope of realising their full potential in their public and private lives. Their choices must be supported with access […]

Gender Mainstreaming in Legal and Constitutional Affairs

This is a reference manual for governments and other stakeholders and offers guidelines for mainstreaming gender into the legal affairs of states. Its main objective is to assist governments in advancing gender equality. This publication is part of the Gender Management Systems Series.

Avon Global Center for Women and Justice at Cornell Law School

Working with judges and the legal profession to improve access to justice in an effort to eliminte violence against girls and women.

Audit of SRHR Laws and Policies in SADC

This audit provides a picture of the region with its diverse legislative and policy landscape. There are strong legislative frameworks with regard to Gender-based violence (GBV) and HIV but GBV remains at crisis level. Current strategies are not working. HIV policies are out of date. In other areas such as abortion, child marriages and decriminalising […]

The Uganda Gender Policy

The Uganda Gender Policy is an integral part of the national development policies. It is a framework for redressing gender imbalances as well a guide to all development practitioners. The aim is to guide all levels of planning and resource allocation with a gender perspective.

The law needs to change, we want to be free: The impact of laws criminalising same-sex relationships in Botswana

This report summarises various research studies on the impact of criminalisation of same-sex sexual acts on the lives of LGBT persons. It draws on the perspectives of LGBT persons to illustrate the impact of criminal laws. Decriminalising consensual adult same-sex sex is a human rights imperative, consistent with Botswana’s international human rights commitments. It is […]

Laws and Policies affecting Transgender Persons in Southern Africa

This booklet explores the laws and policies that could affect the rights of transgender persons in ten Southern African countries: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The booklet focuses on laws and policies in four thematic areas: legal recognition, employment laws, sexual and reproductive health, and the unlawful application […]

Zimbabwe: Nancy Mbaura: Driver of Change

Nancy Mbaura is a holder of a BSc Women & Gender Studies from the Women University in Africa (WUA) and a Zimbabwean, philanthropist and gender activist. She was born at the height of Zimbabwe’s First Chimurenga/Umvukela liberation struggle against British colonialism on November 11th 1974, at Chegutu Hospital in the province of Mashonaland West. At […]