Announcing the UCLA Law – Sonke Health & Human Rights Fellows

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Sonke Gender Justice and the University of California, Los Angeles (2000UCLA) School of Law are pleased to announce the selection of its inaugural cohort of UCLA Law – Sonke Health & Human Rights Fellows. Through this fellowship, the recipients will undergo specialised training for careers as impact-oriented public interest lawyers in the areas of human rights, health, HIV prevention, and gender equality.
The UCLA Law – Sonke Health & Human Rights Fellows were awarded a full-tuition grant to enroll in UCLA School of Law’s Master of Law Program (2000LL.M.), a bursary to cover their living expenses during their studies, and the opportunity to apply for a one-year fellowship placement with Sonke upon graduation. While at UCLA Law, the fellows will enroll in the David J. Epstein Public Interest Law and Policy Program, take courses in global public health through cross-registration with the UCLA School of Public Health, enroll in courses on gender and human rights law, and complete research and advocacy projects for Sonke. In return, the UCLA Law – Sonke Health & Human Rights Fellows commit to returning to South Africa upon graduation to work toward the advancement of health and human rights.

  Cherith Sanger obtained her LL.B. degree from the University of the Western Cape in 2004. She completed her articles of clerkship at a leading Cape Town firm, Deneys Reitz Attorneys, in 2006 and practiced as a litigation associate at the firm, where she became involved in the firm’s public interest legal work. Pursuing her passion for human rights, and women’s rights in particular, Sanger joined the Women’s Legal Centre in 2007 where she practiced as a lawyer specialising in impact litigation and legal advocacy concerning gender-based violence. Sanger has represented clients in the areas of sexual and domestic violence, hate crimes and unfair discrimination against LGBTI persons, and labour law and land law as it impacts women.
Nomonde Nyembe completed her LL.B. in 2007 from the University of Witwatersrand. She completed her articles of clerkship with Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs, Inc. in 2009.  Nyembe then undertook a prestigious clerkship with Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng at the Constitutional Court of South Africa in 2010.  Following her clerkship, Nyembe became a Research and Teaching Associate at the University of Witwatersrand Oliver Schreiner School of Law, which allowed her to research constitutional rights issues and to develop her pedagogical skills. Nyembe is committed to serving South Africa as a public interest lawyer; her long-term goal is to specialise in public interest litigation on gender and health, while lecturing on human rights and constitutional law at a South African university.

Sonke Gender Justice is recognised internationally for its pioneering work that supports men and boys to promote gender equality, prevent gender-based violence, and reduce the spread and impact of HIV and AIDS across Africa.

UCLA School of Law is the youngest top law school in the U.S., has pioneered innovative specialisations and cutting-edge research centers, and has long been committed to skills training courses that offer students hands-on lawyering experience as they master legal doctrine (

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