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The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, cordially invites you to the virtual launch of Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Africa: Constraints and Opportunities, which explores recent developments, constraints and opportunities relating to the advancement of sexual and reproductive health and rights in Africa. The book is edited by Ebenezer Durojaye, Gladys Mirugi-Mukundi and Charles Ngwena.

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Invitation: Virtual Launch of Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Africa: Constraints and Opportunities

Wednesday 18 August 2021
13:00 GMT / 14:00 WAT / 15:00 SAST / 16:00 EAT
All participants are required to register on Zoom.
The event will be live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube.

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Facilitator

  • Rudo Chugudu, Postdoctoral fellow, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria

Speakers

  • Prof Frans Viljoen, Director, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria
  • Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng, UN Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health
  • Prof Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Nigeria; former UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children
  • Gladys Mirugi-Mukundi, Researcher, Socio-Economic Rights Project Dullah Omar Institute, University of the Western Cape 
  • Dr Satang Nabaneh, Postdoctoral fellow, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria
  • Dr Godfrey Kangaude, Postdoctoral fellow, Rhodes University 

Background

The book, which was published by Routledge in 2021, discusses the impact of culture, morality and social beliefs on the enjoyment of sexual and reproductive health and rights across the African continent, particularly in relation to vulnerable and marginalised groups. It covers topics such as abortion, gender identity, adolescent sexuality and same-sex. 

Despite many positive developments in relation to sexual and reproductive health in recent years, many Africans still encounter challenges, for instance in poor maternity services, living with HIV, and discrimination on the basis of age, gender, sexual orientation or identity. Covering topics such as abortion, gender identity, adolescent sexuality and homosexuality, the chapters in this book discuss the impact of culture, morality and social beliefs on the enjoyment of sexual and reproductive health and rights across the continent, particularly in relation to vulnerable and marginalized groups. The book also explores the role of litigation, national human rights institutions and regional human rights bodies in advancing the realization of sexual and reproductive health and rights in the region. Throughout, the contributions highlight the relevance of a rights-based framework in addressing topical and contentious issues on sexual and reproductive health and rights within Sub-Saharan Africa.

This book will be of interest to researchers of sexuality, civil rights and health in Africa.

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Contacts

For more information, please contact:

Yolanda Booyzen
Communcations and Advocacy Manager
Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria
yolanda.booyzen@up.ac.za 
www.chr.up.ac.za 

Moderators:
Dr Elvis Fokala, Manager, Children’s Rights Unit, Centre for Human Rights, UP
Hlengiwe Dube, Manager, Expression, Information and Digital Rights Unit, Centre for Human Rights, UP
 
Introductory remarks 
Dr Nkatha Murungi, Assistant Director, Centre for Human Rights, UP
 
An overview of the laws relating to children’s right to privacy and data protection in the digital sphere in Africa
Prof Julia Nielsen-Sloth, Professor of Law, University of Western Cape 
 
European experience on the child rights to privacy and data protection 
Ms Louise Holly, Advocacy and Policy Consultant on child privacy in the digital sphere
 
The impact of POPIA on children’s rights to privacy and data protection in a digital sphere
Tina Power, Senior Analyst and Attorney, ALT Advisory and Power Singh Inc
 
Contextualising the AU Convention on Cyber Security and Personal Data Protection through the lens of Children’s rights to Privacy and data protection in a digital sphere in Africa a 
Ms Opal Sibanda, Legal Researcher, Secretariat, African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child
 
Discussion 
 
Concluding remarks
Dr Nkatha Murungi, Assistant Director, Centre for Human Rights, UP