About the Author
Rashida Manjoo holds a part-time post as a Professor in the Department of Public Law, University of Cape Town, South Africa. She is also the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women. She is the former Parliamentary commissioner of the Commission on Gender Equality (CGE), 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. Ms Manjoo has held numerous visiting professorships including most recently at the University of Virginia, USA. 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 also the Eleanor Roosevelt Fellow with the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School (2006-07) and a clinical instructor in the program in 2005-6.