We are joined for an interview with Sonke Gender Justice, Marlise Richter who heads th Sonke Policy, Development and Advocacy Unit. She manages Sonke’s projects on the decriminalisation of sex work.
Marlise has a honours BA and LLM degree from Wits University, an MA in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame in the USA, she also graduated with a PHD in public health from the International Centre for Reproductive Health at the University of Ghent in Belgium on sex worker access to health care services.
Marlise has worked for a number of different national NGOs that focus on health and human rights. She has worked as a researcher at Project Literacy, the AIDS Law Project, the Treatment Action Campaign and the Reproductive Health and HIV Research Unit, for the NGOs.
The NGO works all across the continent alongside civil societies and governments to help promote gender equality, help end domestic, sexual violence, prison reform advocacy and the decriminalisation of sex work, through the Sonke-UCLA Health and Human Rights LLM fellowship programme. Some of the commities that she works on include the Hate Crimes Working Group and the Asijiki Coalition for the Decriminalisation of Sex work.