• A Call for Action on HIV/AIDS-Related Human Rights Abuses Against Women and Girls in Africa


  • May 28, 2015
  • Aug 13, 2014
    The Southern African Development Community (SADC) should address human rights violations among its member states as part of measures to improve the lives of its people.
  • Jul 25, 2014
  • Nov 21, 2013
  • Aug 11, 2011
    With the 2011 Ordinary Summit of Southern African Development Community (SADC) Heads of State and Government scheduled for August 16 and 17 in Luanda, Angola, these questions and answers are provided to shed more light on issues surrounding the effective suspension of the SADC Tribunal.
  • Aug 9, 2011
    Leaders of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) should address the worrying human rights situations in Malawi, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, and Angola.
  • Mar 29, 2011
    The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) should publicly press President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and his party to end their harassment and arbitrary arrests of civil society activists and political opponents. The SADC is meeting beginning March 31, 2011, in Livingstone, Zambia.
  • Aug 31, 2009
    Southern African leaders should press Zimbabwe's power-sharing government to end ongoing human rights violations and to implement legal reforms.
  • Aug 18, 2008
    For years now, women’s groups in Southern Africa have campaigned tirelessly to ensure that the Southern African Development Community adopt the Protocol on Gender and Development. Yesterday, the SADC finally took that historic step. Member states will be obliged to amend their laws to ensure equal rights for women across a wide range of issues, from provisions that require member states to enshrine equality in their constitutions, to firm commitments to reduce maternal mortality by 75 per cent. But while that’s a cause for celebration, the Protocol still does not refer explicitly to domestic violence, and it still doesn’t oblige states to introduce legal provisions that criminalise marital rape.
  • Aug 14, 2008
    Southern African leaders should adopt the proposed Gender and Development Protocol at their upcoming summit after amending it to include crucial provisions deleted in 2007. One of the most important provisions that should be put back in to the protocol would commit states to criminalize marital rape.