Strategic Litigation in Sexual and Reproductive Rights: Perspectives from the Region (11:00 to 12:45; Thursday 24 July 2014)
Southern Africa faces a plethora of sexual and reproductive health and rights challenges. The region faces excessively high maternal mortality rates, a high burden of reproductive cancers, as well as widespread gender-based violence. Although contraceptive use in southern Africa is higher than in other parts of sub-Saharan Africa, the region nonetheless faces a significant unmet contraceptive need and some of the highest rates of abortion-related deaths. Despite the significant violations occurring in the region, laws, policies and practices often fail to provide support services for the specific needs of sexual and reproductive health of women. The panel discussion will focus on the role of strategic litigation in advancing the sexual and reproductive rights of women in the southern Africa region.