Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its causes and consequences

Ms. Rashida Manjoo (South Africa) was appointed as UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences for an initial period of three years by the United Nations Human Rights Council in June 2009 and commenced her functions in August 2009. 

Rashida Manjoo (LLM) is a Professor in the Department of Public Law, at the University of Cape Town. Previously, she was an advocate of the High Court of South Africa and taught and conducted research at a number of universities. Amongst others, she was the Des Lee Distinguished Visiting Professor at Webster University, USA where she taught courses in human rights with a particular focus on women’s human rights and transitional justice. Ms. Manjoo also served as a clinical instructor and the Eleanor Roosevelt Fellow with the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School, and was a Research Associate in the Law Faculty of the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

In addition to her academic credentials, Ms. Manjoo is the former Parliamentary Commissioner of the Commission on Gender Equality (CGE), a constitutional body mandated to oversee the promotion and protection of gender equality. Prior to this appointment she was involved in training programs for judges and lawyers at the Law, Race and Gender Research Unit, University of Cape Town. Previously, she was also involved in setting up both a national and a provincial network on violence against women and is the founder of the Gender Unit at the Law Clinic at the University of Natal and the Domestic Violence Assistance Program at the Durban Magistrates Court (the first such project in a court in South Africa).

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