Project, which deals with issues of customary law and traditional
governance, and the impact of these on rural women in South Africa. My
current focus is on customary marriages and issues relating to the
Recognition of Customary Marriages Act 120of 1998. Prior to this, I was a
research assistant to Dee Smythe, who is the co-editor of the Sexual
Offences Commentary: Act 32 of 2007 (Juta, 2011), and also authored several chapters in the Commentary. My general research interests are in human rights, refugee and gender law.My interest in gender issues was awakened during the final
year of my law degree, thanks to an excellent elective research course in
*Women and the Law*. Since then, many of my degree, course, research and career choices have been centred on gender. Although I have not yet
researched or written about rape specifically, the human and women*s rights implications of the topic means that it falls directly within my sphere of research interest, and it is a social problem that continuously needs to be
monitored and addressed within public domains.
of Cape Town, and my Masters dissertation dealt with the possibility of
granting refugee status to victims of human trafficking in South Africa.
For the duration of my studies I also tutored mathematics and science to
high school learners part-time. Furthermore, I am of Portuguese descent,
belong to a Roman Catholic Church and my favourite colour is green!
The topics that are most appealing to me are *refugee rights* and *human
I have worked with Rape Crisis since 2010, and my experience has been that many of the staff members have huge amounts of information about rape trends, and the effects of the criminal justice system on survivors but that these are not always expressed publicly by Rape Crisis, or shared with appropriate academic channels. Basically, there is a lot of material here for writing about.
I have lived in five of SA’s 9 provinces (North West, Natal, Eastern Cape, Western Cape and Gauteng). I have an incredible environmental activist boyfriend called Mike Baillie who is the web editor for Greenpeace Africa. I run a women’s writing project called My First Time and I’m the editor of FeministsSA.