Gender imbalances in intimate relationships make it difficult for women to decide when, if at all, to have children.
Reusable sanitary towels are cheaper than regular pads and tampons but the state is failing to distribute these to schoolgirls from poor families.
Some women find it hard to leave their abusers for economic and emotional reasons and feel 'stuck' in their situation.
Gender activists have welcomed talks between two departments about ways to reduce teenage pregnancies, but no decision has yet been taken.
The normalisation of gender discrimination is blamed as the crucial factor that makes women and girls vulnerable to human traffickers.
Girls as young as 10 sold as sex slaves in South Africa
Washable pads have the potential to bring dignity to all women
[From our archives] 'Once he says he doesn't want a condom, that's that'
Contraception at schools on Gauteng's agenda
A fist and a hard place
When a few months of treatment costs as much as a house, some patients are taking their lives and the law into their own hands to survive.
One in four people carry this potentially deadly bug? Now a new shorter treatment can prevent it from making you sick.
Recent national and Gauteng memos demanding all foreign patients pay in full for services likely fell foul of the law.
Bhekisisa means "to scrutinise" in isiZulu
In South Africa, Zulu patients who would like to be thoroughly assessed by a doctor, would ask the physician to "bhekisisa" them.