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Rhodes University - Lead Organiser

The Critical Studies in Sexualities and Reproduction (CSSR) research programme conducts critical research that analyses: the technologies of representation and the technologies of intervention concerning sexualities and reproduction; gendered, racialised, heteronormative and class-based taken-for-granted assumptions that underpin these representations and interventions; how discourses/narratives/ practices regarding sexualities and reproduction are maintained/resisted in people's everyday lives.

Department of Social Development

A caring and integrated system of social development services that facilitates human development and improves the quality of life.
To enable the poor, the vulnerable and the excluded within South African society to secure a better life for themselves, in partnership with them and with all those who are committed to building a caring society.
The people we serve come first in performing our duties. We will ensure equity and freedom from discrimination and harassment in the workplace and in the services provided by our department. We will work in partnership with the people we serve and with other stakeholders. We will use the resources entrusted to us, to deliver on the Government's priorities in the most efficient, effective and innovative ways. We will be transparent and accountable for our decisions, actions and performance. We will share our knowledge and expertise with other departments and broader welfare sector and learn from them. In performing our duties; we will uphold the Constitution of the republic of South Africa, the laws governing the public service and the Code of Conduct for the Public Service.

International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion

To bring together organizations and individuals with an interest in promoting and providing safe abortion in order to create a shared platform for advocacy, debate and dialogue; to share and disseminate evidence-based information that can inform policy and programmes; to foster sharing of experience to improve policy and practice at all levels; and to hold relevant stakeholders to account for respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of girls and women to decide whether and when to have children.

Sexual & Reproductive Justice Coalition

Working from an ethics of justice and an ethics of care, the SRJC is a coalition of organisations and individuals engaged in advocacy, research, service delivery, education, policy analysis and activism work in the fields of gender, sexual and reproductive justice, health, rights and care. With just over 130 member signed on, the SRJC focus areas include access to safe and legal abortion , sex work decriminalization, ASRHR, queer health and rights as well as contraception.

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Muleide Desenvolvimento

Association Women, Law and Development

MULEIDE’s human rights, citizenship and governance work is informed by the Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) and the list of key values and principles upon which our work is founded are listed below.

  1. Poverty is a violation of people’s human rights and a terrible injustice. Poverty arises because of the marginalisation and discrimination associated with human rights violations. The poor, the majority of which are women, are rights holders by virtue of being born and are entitled to the enjoyment of civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights – not as a favour or act of charity but as a right
  2. In a HRBA MULEIDE identify and address the structural (or underlying power relations) causes of poverty. At all levels of society, the rich and powerful structurally deny the rights of the poor and excluded in order to get control over productive resources and build wealth. It is in the interests of the rich and powerful to dominate institutions including state structures and to use them to pursue their economic interests. In order to address poverty this power imbalance needs to be addressed.
  3. Women needs as rights-holders’ are related to specific rights. In a HRBA rights holders should be supported to understand that their needs are related to specific rights and assisted to identify and target the specific duty-bearer, or bearers, accountable for ensuring the realisation of those rights.
  4. In a HRBA government and other duty bearers responsible for fulfilling specific rights must be held accountable by rights holders for the fulfilment of rights. The duty bearers responsible for each right should be identified, targeted and held to account.
  5. Women as rights holders are at the centre of MULEIDE’s HRBA – women rights can be claimed and protected only when women as rights holders are organised and mobilised as a constituency, aware of their rights, and conscious of why their rights are being violated. Poverty is not the problem of an individual, and cannot be solved by an individual or by working with individuals.
  6. MULEIDE, supporters and sponsors stand alongside rights holders in solidarity, supporting them organise and advocate for their rights.
  7. Women’s rights are central to MULEIDE’s HRBA. Through our work we aim to confront the domination of men over women and the inequality between men and women in access to services, resources and power.
  8. In an HRBA, we think and act nationally and locally to effect changes in people’s lives at individual, family, community and national levels. The roots of a human rights violation at the individual, family and community levels may lie elsewhere in a complicated and interconnected national and global system. In building MULEIDE’s programmes and campaigns work there is a need to be aware of how the local links with the national and global.

The Society for Family Health

The Society for Family Health (SFH) Namibia is a local non-governmental organization that implements public health programs in collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN) and other partners. SFH is present in all regions of the country and work in the area of HIV/AIDS prevention care and support, Malaria, school health promotion, non-communicable diseases, adolescent girls and young women, maternal and child health.

SFH, founded in 1997, is a member of the international global network of Population Services International (PSI) and was formally known as Social Marketing Association (SMA) until 2011.

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Womans Action Group - Zimbabwe

Women’s Action Group (WAG) is a women’s and girls’ rights advocacy organisation whose work centres on promotion of women and girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR), prevention of Gender Based Violence (GBV) and prevention of HIV and AIDS among women and girls in Zimbabwe. WAG was born on the 31st of October 1983 following the historic “Operation Clean Up” where women were rounded up by police officer when found walking alone at night unaccompanied by men. Over the years WAG has grown from that small pressure group into a significant organisation, registered as a Trust in 1987. WAG is well known for its feminist approach to programming. WAG’s work is guided by human rights and feminist principles. WAG’s vision is “A Zimbabwe where empowered women and girls enjoy their rights in a situation of transformed power relations between women and men.”

The organisation has gained consultative status with the United Nations’ Economic and Consultative Social Council (ECOSOC) which allows them to participate in regional and international conferences such as Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).

Global Doctors For Choice

Global Doctors for Choice (GDC) is an international network of physician-advocates who advocate for reproductive rights and access to comprehensive reproductive health care, including safe abortion and contraception. We foster the transnational transfer of best practices in reproductive health advocacy by supporting and connecting physicians from all over the world and from all medical disciplines. Together, we advocate for access to comprehensive reproductive health and rights and defend women’s autonomy to control their reproductive lives.

Zambia Medical Association

The ZMA’s mission is to be the official representative of the medical profession, committed to promoting and maintaining high standards of medical practice through the provision of continuous medical education and by influencing national policy and public opinion on health matters in Zambia. Its vision is high levels of excellency, dignity, public respect and trust in the medical profession in Zambia.

Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association

Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association is a non-profit making organization, which strives to create a just world free from injustice and inequality. In its mission to defend and dialogue on women and children’s rights, Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association seeks to provide legal aid and education to millions of women and communities, lobby and advocate communities, institutions, government and policy makers to be sensitive to women and children’s rights as well as raise awareness on matters of its interest.

Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association champions the rights of women and children by providing free legal aid and working towards creating frameworks that allow for an environment where women and children’s rights are enjoyed and protected. Through legal education and advocacy, ZWLA empowers women to lead social change and be able to articulate, demand and enjoy their rights. 

The grassroots development experience with women in communities shapes the organisation’s global advocacy agenda. ZWLA is inspired by principles of truth, accountability and a commitment to the creation of a society that promotes and protects women’s human rights. ZWLA affirms that women’s human rights are universal, indivisible and can only be enjoyed in an enabling environment. 


Founded in 1973, Ipas is a global nongovernmental organization dedicated to ending preventable deaths and disabilities from unsafe abortion. Through local, national and global partnerships, Ipas works to ensure that women can obtain safe, respectful and comprehensive abortion care, including counseling and contraception to prevent future unintended pregnancies.

At Ipas, we believe that:

  • Every woman has a right to safe reproductive health choices, including safe abortion care.
  • No woman should have to risk her life, her health, her fertility, her well-being or the well-being of her family because she lacks reproductive health care.
  • Women everywhere must have the opportunity to determine their futures, care for their families and manage their fertility.

Along with caring, committed health professionals and other colleagues worldwide, Ipas tackles this neglected public health problem head on in some of the world’s poorest countries. While many international donors and governments have focused attention and resources elsewhere, we struggle against the fundamental social injustice that results in the deaths of so many women in the prime of their lives.