Rashida Manjoo is a Professor and co-convenor of the Human Rights Program in the Department of Public Law, University of Cape Town, South Africa where she teaches, supervises and advises students. She also holds the position of United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences, a post she was appointed to in 2009 by the UN Human Rights Council.
Prof Manjoo has over three decades of experience in social justice and human rights work both in South Africa and abroad. Her research interests include human rights broadly with a particular focus on women's human rights. She has authored a number of journal articles, book chapters and reports on women's human rights, violence against women, transitional justice, and also the impact for women of the recognition of Muslim Personal Laws in South Africa.
Her UN work over the last five years has included monitoring and reporting on States' compliance in responding to and preventing violence against women, its causes and consequences, both generally and in different country contexts. Her thematic reports to the Human Rights Council and the General Assembly have included a particular focus on state responsibility to act with due diligence in the quest to promote and protect all human rights of women. Prof Manjoo has focused her tenure on the intersectional nature of discrimination and violence against women, especially the relationship between socio-economic conditions, race, and historical and cultural contexts. She has particularly highlighted the interaction of interpersonal, institutional and structural violence, and she advocates a holistic approach to gender-based violence that centers on the interdependence and indivisibility of human rights.