Sisters For Change launches campaign to criminalise marital rape across the Commonwealth

Sisters For Change is campaigning for the criminalisation of marital rape as a crime of sexual violence in all the regions and countries where we work. In mid-2019, Sisters For Change commissioned a comprehensive legal review of the criminalisation of marital rape and intimate partner sexual violence across the Commonwealth. The report, authored by CEDAW Committee Member…

Changing Laws, Changing Lives

Sisters For Change is proud to present this unique series of video vignettes of four pre-eminent women whom we are working with on law reform initiatives across Asia, the Pacific and beyond. Selected to represent what we consider to be the four critical constituencies involved in law reform – civil society, legal experts, advocacy champions and government – these four incredible women narrate the personal and professional struggles they make every day to ensure laws don’t discriminate against women and girls.

Briefing Paper – Harmonising custormary law and women’s rights: Decisions of South Africa’s Constitutional Court

This briefing paper commissioned by Sisters For Change and authored by Prof. Thandabantu Nhlapo analyses seminal decisions of the South African Constitutional Court addressing conflicts between customary law and women’s constitutional equality rights. The first part of the paper discusses the meaning and the position of customary law in the South African legal system. The…