International Human Rights Award
2014 Award Recipient: Rashida Manjoo, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women
Rashida Manjoo holds a post as a Professor in the Department of Public Law at the University of Cape Town and is the UN 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. 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, US. 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 and also a clinical instructor in the program.