Sexual and Reproductive Rights

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

  • To challenge laws allowing for child marriages.
  • To challenge barriers to the re-admission of learners in schools following pregnancy.
  • To challenge practices of coerced sterilisation.
  • To ensure accountability for health care violations relating to sexual and reproductive health rights.
  • To ensure accountability for gender-based violence.

On-going cases:

Malawi: Challenge to the arrest and removal from school of pregnant learners.
Lesotho: Challenge to unfair dismissal as a result of pregnancy in the Lesotho Defence Force.
Swaziland: Case challenging laws allowing child marriage.
Botswana: Damages claim for medical negligence in reproductive health care.

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.

14 Dec 2017 Staff Writer
COURT DIARY: LESOTHO HIGH COURT HEARS IMPORTANT CASE ON PREGNANT WOMEN IN THE MI...

On Monday, 11 December 2017, a panel of 3 judges of the High Court of Lesotho heard argument in the case of Private Lekhetso Mokhele and Others v The Commander, Lesotho Defence Forces and Others. Justices Monapathi, Peete and Sakoane presided…

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11 Dec 2017 Staff Writer
MEDIA ADVISORY: LESOTHO HIGH COURT TO HEAR CASE ON DISMISSAL OF PREGNANT SOLDIER...

Maseru, Lesotho - On Monday, the 11 December 2017, the Lesotho High Court will hear the case of 3 female Privates of the Lesotho Defence Forces who are challenging their discharge from service on the grounds of falling pregnant in…

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04 Nov 2017 Staff Writer
SALC IN THE NEWS: NAMIBIA COURT UPHOLDS STERILISATION VERDICT...

Supreme court upholds judgment from 2012 that health workers coerced three HIV positive mothers to consent to prodedure. Namibia’s Supreme Court has upheld a ruling that health workers sterilised HIV-positive women without their consent. The original 2012 judgment had found…

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31 Oct 2017 Staff Writer
MEDIA ADVISORY: LESOTHO HIGH COURT TO HEAR CASE ON PREGNANCY IN THE MILITARY...

On Thursday, the 2nd November 2017, the Lesotho High Court will hear the case of 3 female Privates of the Lesotho Defence Forces challenging their discharge from service on the grounds of falling pregnant in contravention of a Standing Order.…

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06 Oct 2017 Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh
2015-2017 BIENNIAL REPORT...

SALC envisions a region in which domestic and regional courts are strong, independent, and fully functional and in which they uphold and enforce the rule of law and human rights. To that end, SALC works with domestic lawyers in each…

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31 Jul 2017 Staff Writer
SALC Research Report: Prosecuting sexual violence against women and girls with d...

This report was prompted by Malawian civil society organisations’ perception that there is a lack of will on the part of police and prosecution to investigate and prosecute cases related to sexual violence committed against women and girls living with…

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