Anneke Meerkotter

Executive director, Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre

Being a single mother for Anneke Meerkotter isn't easy. But, she says, it helps her understand what other women are going through. "It also helps me appreciate children and their vulnerable position,� says Meerkotter, the executive director of Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre, a multidisciplinary centre that promotes the right of women to live lives free of violence through research, advocacy, litigation and the provision of legal services. Meerkotter is a human rights lawyer who focuses on the areas of HIV/Aids, gender-based violence and sex work. She completed her LLB Degrees at the University of the Western Cape and later worked at its Community Law Centre where she focused on gender and children's rights. She also coordinated the South African Young Sex Offenders Programme until 2003 and lectured law students. Before joining Tshwaranang she practised as an attorney at the Aids Law Project at the University of the Witwatersrand. � Karabo Keepile

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