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“Women are … individual human beings with rights of dignity and bodily integrity.” –Rashida Manjoo, in her report, “Gender Equality: Striving for Justice in an Unequal World”
Known For: United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women
Country: South Africa
Rashida Manjoo is one of the world’s top experts and combatants of violence against women. She is the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, appointed by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in 2009. This is the key position for analyzing—and condemning—violence against women on an international level.
Manjoo is a South African feminist lawyer; she has devoted her career to the area of violence against women, specifically in Algeria, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and the Middle East. In South Africa, she served as an Advocate of the High Court and the country’s Commission on Gender Equality.
Manjoo was a visiting fellow at Harvard Law School in 2006, and remains an Associate in the Law Faculty of the University of Cape Town. Manjoo founded the Domestic Violence Assistance Programme at the Durban Magistrates Court, as well as the Gender Unit at the Law Clinic at the University of Natal. She is a member of the Women Living Under Muslim Laws Network.
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