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Domestic Violence Act needs urgent review

Media Statement

Women’s rights organisations tell parliamentary committee that the Domestic Violence Act needs urgent review.

The Women’s Legal Centre (WLC) and the Legal Resource Centre (LRC) submitted to a High Level Parliamentary Panel Committee that women continue to bear the brunt of non-implementation of the Domestic Violence Act. Continue Reading

essential services for vulnerable women

 

Media Statement

A collective agenda driven by women’s rights advocates and government is the only effective way to ensure better access to justice and essential services for vulnerable women.

The levels of domestic violence against women is high across all racial and economic demographics in South Africa. To combat the shockingly high number of cases, women’s rights advocates and government need to drive a collective agenda to ensure better access to justice and essential services for vulnerable women. Continue Reading

prevent coerced sterilisations

 

Press Release

The South African government must do more to prevent coerced sterilisations in public hospitals

On World Aids Day, the Women’s Legal Centre (WLC) calls on government to do more to investigate cases of forced sterilisation in public hospitals, especially with regard to women who are HIV positive. Continue Reading

safe and legal abortions is vital

 

Press Release

Access to safe and legal abortions is vital as the unintended consequences are dire.

Even though abortions are legal in South Africa, the Women’s Legal Centre is concerned that many women do not have access to safe and legal abortions. Continue Reading

recognition of Muslim marriages

 

Press Release

After a 10-year law reform process, this week the recognition of Muslim marriages will be heard by the Cape High Court.

The Women’s Legal Centre’s case that will give Muslim marriages legal status is to be heard on Tuesday 13th September 2016 at the Cape High Court. This comes from the ongoing violation of the human rights of women in Muslim marriages which has been the subject of a ten-year law reform process. Continue Reading

struggle to realise substantive equality

 

Opinion

WLC carries the torch for women who still continue to struggle to realise substantive equality in South Africa.

By Seehaam Samaai, Director of the Women’s Legal Centre (WLC)

With less than a year left until the deadline for countries to reach the Millennium Development Goals set by the United Nations, the majority of women in South Africa are not benefitting from gains made in terms of gender equality. Women of all ages in South Africa still experience inequality within and outside their homes. Continue Reading

Limpopo High Court rules that wome

 

Press Release

Limpopo High Court rules that women in polygynous marriages have equal rights and that the Customary Marriages Act discriminates against these women.

The High Court in Thohoyandou, Limpopo province, yesterday handed down judgment in the Ramuhovhi matter, where the core issue raised in the case is the constitutional validity of section 7(1) of the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act 120 of 1998 (‘the Recognition Act’) which regulates the proprietary consequences of polygamous marriages entered into before the commencement of the Recognition Act, being 15 November 2000. Continue Reading

POLICE ABUSE OF SEX WORKERS

 

Press Release

POLICE ABUSE OF SEX WORKERS: DATA FROM CASES REPORTED TO THE WOMEN’S LEGAL CENTRE BETWEEN 2011 AND 2015

This report draws on reported cases from sex workers who approached the Women’s Legal Centre (WLC) between 2011 and 2015 for information, guidance and legal assistance to access their rights.

The analysis highlights the gap between the rights enshrined in the South African Constitution and the treatment that sex workers experience. Continue Reading

JAN KLAASE AND ELSIE KLAASE V. JOZIA JOHANNES VAN DER MERWE

 

Press Release

JAN KLAASE AND ELSIE KLAASE V. JOZIA JOHANNES VAN DER MERWE PRESS RELEASE

South African NGO faces Noordhoek Trust on the interpretation of an occupier, particularly for the spouses of farm workers, under ESTA

On the 14th of July 2016, a month before our national Women’s Month, the Constitutional Court of South Africa released its judgment in the matter of JAN KLAASE and ELSIE KLAASE v JOZIA JOHANNES VAN DER MERWE (N.O. OF THE NOORDHOEK TRUST) and JOZIA JOHANNES VAN DER MERWE under case number CC case number: 23/2015 where the court set aside the eviction application of Mrs Klaase. Continue Reading