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…

Comparative Legal Review of the Impact of Gender Stereotyping on Judicial Decisions in Violence Against Women Cases Across the Pacific Island Region

Sisters For Change has launched a series of reports on behalf of the Equality & Justice Alliance. This report commissioned by Sisters For Change and authored by Jaspreet K. Singh, Hansdeep Singh, Erin Thomas and Natalie Druce of the International Center for Advocates Against Discrimination (ICAAD) explores the link between gender bias and stereotyping and…

The Criminalisation of Marital Rape and Intimate Partner Sexual Violence across the Commonwealth

Sisters For Change is launching a series of reports on behalf of the Equality & Justice Alliance. This report commissioned by Sisters For Change and authored by Marion Bethel analyses the criminalisation of marital rape and intimate partner sexual violence across the Commonwealth. Marital rape and intimate partner sexual violence constitute acts of gender-based violence…

Comparative Legal Review of Anti-Discrimination & Equality Legislation across the Commonwealth

Sisters For Change is launching a series of reports on behalf of the Equality & Justice Alliance. This report commissioned by Sisters For Change and authored by Prof. Aileen McColgan analyses international and regional anti-discrimination and equality standards relating to sex/gender, sexual orientation and gender identity and presents models of good practice of constitutional equality…

Comparative Legal Review of the Impact of Muslim Family Laws on Women across Commonwealth Asia and Africa

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Sisters For Change is launching a series of reports on behalf of the Equality & Justice Alliance. This report commissioned by Sisters For Change and authored by Musawah provides a comprehensive legal review of Muslim family laws across Commonwealth Asia and Africa, analysing the nature and extent to which they discriminate against…

Unequal Regard, Unequal Protection 2

Over the last 12 months, Sisters For Change, in partnership with The Manchester Maya Project, a consortium of specialist BME VAW service providers, has conducted extensive research to examine local authority approaches and responses to domestic abuse; commissioning and funding of domestic abuse services across Greater Manchester. Working directly with three specialist BME VAW support…

Unsafe to work in the Home

The report highlights the shocking findings of the biggest in-depth survey ever conducted in Indonesia to measure workplace exploitation and the prevalence of harassment, abuse and sexual violence experienced by women domestic workers in employers’ homes. The survey was designed by Sisters For Change and carried out by JALA-PRT union leaders and members across Greater…