Violence Against Women Around the World: Trends, Challenges, and Solutions: UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Rashida Manjoo

UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Rashida Manjoo, delivered at speech in the Weymouth Kirkland courtroom at the University of Chicago Law School on May 14, 2013 (view below). The speech was titled "Violence Against Women Around the World: Trends, Challenges, and Solutions" and was presented in coordination with an expert panel discussion also held held at the Law School titled "Women in Prisons: Causes, Conditions, and Consequences Around the World." The panel discussion can be viewed in full here. The IHR Clinic released its report titled "Women in Prison in Argentina: Causes, Conditions, and Consequences" during the panel discussion. The report is available here in English and Spanish. 

Ms. Rashida Manjoo (South Africa) was appointed as UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences for an initial period of three years by the United Nations Human Rights Council in June 2009 and commenced her functions in August 2009.

Rashida Manjoo holds a part-time post as a Professor in the Department of Public Law of the University of Cape Town. She is the former Parliamentary commissioner of the Commission on Gender Equality (CGE) in South Africa, a constitutional body mandated to oversee the promotion and protection of gender equality. Prior to being appointed to the CGE she was involved in social context training for judges and lawyers, where she has designed both content and methodology during her time at the Law, Race, and Gender Research Unit, University of Cape Town and at the University of Natal, Durban.

She has held numerous visiting professorships including most recently at the University of Virginia, in the United States. She served as the Des Lee Distinguished Visiting Professor at Webster University, USA where she taught courses in human rights, with a particular focus on women's human rights and transitional justice. She was the Eleanor Roosevelt Fellow with the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School (2006-07) and also a clinical instructor in the program in 2005-2006.