The Dullah Omar Institute, University of the Western Cape together with the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria cordially invites you to the Helen Kanzira Memorial Lecture.

‘Obstetrics Violence: A Public Health Menace and a Human Rights Challenge in Africa'

Date | Time: 
              7 September 2022 |10:00 am - 12:30 pm (SAST)
The Lagoon Beach Hotel, 1 Lagoon Gate Drive, Milnerton, Cape Town

Helen Kanzira was a graduate of the LLM in Human Rights & Democratisation in Africa (HRDA) programme at the University of Pretoria. She graduated in 2000, making her a member of the first graduating class of this programme. After completing the HRDA programme, Kanzira returned to her home country of Uganda to resume her fight for human rights. Sadly, she died in 2007 at the age of 38 due to complications from childbirth. Until her death, she continued to pursue a noble struggle for equality and the advancement of human rights.

The Helen Kanzira Annual lecture was instituted in her honour for the bravery, selflessness, and vibrance that she embodied throughout her life. The lecture serves as a way of commemorating her memory, protecting her honour, and admiring the values that she stood for. Every year, the lecture focuses on a contemporary issue surrounding women’s sexual and reproductive rights. The central theme serves as a continuous reminder that maternal mortality is almost always preventable, and women’s rights should be prioritized and protected. The lecture is meant to educate, inform, and set an agenda for reforming human rights across Africa.


Prof Usang Maria Assim
(Acting Project Head: Children's Rights Project, Dullah Omar Institute, University of the Western Cape)


Prof Joy Ngozi Ezeilo
(University of Nigeria, founder of Women's Aid Collective (WACOL) and former UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Girls)


Please RSVP by 2 September 2022 should you choose to attend in person. 

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