UN Appoints New Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Its Causes and Consequences
On 18 June 2009, the Human Rights Council appointed Rashida Manjoo Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Its Causes and Consequences. In her capacity as Special Rapporteur, Manjoo will investigate claims of violence against women, file reports on the status of women’s human rights in nations around the world, and call attention to nations that do not comply with international standards on women’s human rights.
Manjoo has long been an activist for women’s human rights. Before her appointment as Special Rapporteur of Violence Against Women, Its Causes and Consequences, Manjoo served as an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa and as a member of the Commission on Gender Equality (CGE), a body created by South Africa’s Constitution to promote gender equality in that nation. She founded the Gender Unit at the Law Clinic at the University of Natal and the Domestic Violence Assistance Programme at the Durban Magistrates Court, and has also served as an Advisory Board member of the Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice in the International Criminal Court.