SRJC resources

Below find a list of sexual and reproductive health and justice resources developed by the SRJC in each of our five focus areas. These include manuals, articles and media statements.

Sexual orientation and gender identity and expression health and rights access:

Manual: Health workers attending to counter normative sexual orientations and gender identities

2020 – This training manual, develped by SRJC and Triangle Project is directed towards enabling health workers to become sensitive in relation to LGBTI issues and to control what they can in providing for a more LGBTI friendly environment. Health services are orientated towards a heteronormative society and have been blind towards the needs of people who have sexual identities which fit into the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) continuum. As such, many LGBTI persons have not felt able to access health services and many of the health issues that health workers should be providing for are overlooked. This manual complements existing materials which address training on sexualities, sexual orientations and gender.

Sex work decriminalisation and sex worker access to sexual and reproductive justice:

Co-production of research with sex workers as a political act

2021 – Mothers for the Future (M4F), a sex worker collective that supports mothers who are sex workers by providing a safe place to organize, access support, build skills and share knowledge, and activist-researchers collaborated on research to improve access to sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and advocate for the decriminalization of sex work, to promote health service responsiveness to sex workers, and their children. This article speaks to the research process and the co-production of research as a political act.

Project: body mapping with sex workers

2019 – Sex worker narratives inform the complexity of access to sexual and reproductive health services. This article describes the qualitative research project methodology of using body mapping with sex workers, exploring access to sexual and reproductive health services.

Safe and legal abortion access:

Joint Press Statement: Safeguarding access to safe and legal abortions

2021 – Joint Press Statement, compiled by Women’s Legal Centre, Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition of South Africa and Legal Resources Centre. The statement speaks to safeguarding access to safe and legal abortions, in light of the judgment handed down in the matter of Voice of the Unborn Baby NPC and another v Minister of Home Affairs and another regarding fetal burial.

Abortion Provider Appreciation Day 2021

2021 – On Abortion Provider Appreciation Day, 10 March 2021, the SRJC, in collaboration with its members, hosted a webinar to celebrate and honour the work of our abortion providers across the country. Click on the link above to access the recording.

Challenging stigma in the workplace – CTOP services as comprehensive nursing care

2021 – Written in collaboration between SRJC and Médecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) South Africa, this article explores the challenges abortion providers experience in the work place, based on interviews with abortion providers in the Rustenburg area. Despite challenging working conditions, their work is an integral component to the pursuit of high quality and accessible sexual and reproductive healthcare for all.

Do we need the law to provide for a regular clinical medical procedure such as abortion?

2020 – In this article, director of SRJC, Marion Stevens, gives an overview of the state of abortion rights in South Africa, and brings into question whether SA abortion law has any relevance given current practices. The article was published in Spotlight.

Request for sign-on: HRC45 Joint civil society statement on abortion

2020 – In support of the upcoming International Safe Abortion Day on 28 September 2020, the Sexual Rights Initiative, the Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women, the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality, the International Planned Parenthood Federation, Ipas, the International Service for Human Rights, the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights and the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education developed a joint statement on abortion rights for delivery at the 45th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Adolescent sexual and reproductive health access:

Sign the petition: Protect Trans Kids

2020 – This petition was directed to the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA) regarding a poorly qualified University of Cape Town (UCT) doctor advising on gender identity and sexual orientation in public schools in a harmful and discriminatory manner. It calls on mental health professionals to advocate against discrimination and support children’s wellbeing by following recognised best practices.