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What is Impact Litigation?


Important Cases

  • Bhe and Others v Khayelitsha Magistrate and Others:

    This case helped eliminate the discrimination of black women in accordance to the inheritance rights of men and women by fighting against customary law.

  • Daniels v Campbell N.O and Others:

    Fought for recognition of Muslim marriages, which resulted in the High Court’s redefining the term spouse to include Muslim married couples.

  • Van Zijl v Hoogenhout:

    This case explained the effects of child sexual abuse and the tendency for children to blame themselves for the abuse.

  • Kylie v Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration and Others:

    WLC argued that sex workers should not lose the protection of the The Labor Relations Act, granted to all citizens by the constitution, on the basis of being involved in illegal activity. The case was recognized and sex workers are now protected under the constitution.

Our Issues


We work to protect your right to reproductive health care and to make choices concerning your reproductive health. We also take cases related to access to health care, and the intersection between HIV/AIDS and our other focus areas.

Fair Access to Resources

Upon the dissolution of a partnership, whether by death or separation, we work to ensure women receive a fair share of the assets. This involves ensuring that all partnerships are legally recognized, irrespective of religion or custom.

Fair Access to Employment

We work to extend employment protections to vulnerable groups. We also develop the law on sexual harassment in relation to farm and domestic workers and ensure equal opportunities in the workplace.

Land and Housing

We take up cases defending women’s property rights such as the right to housing, preventing the loss of tenure after dissolution of partnerships, and inheriting property.

Violence against women

We work to give women and girls State protection against violence, including domestic violence, sexual harassment and sexual violence. We also will take up cases which result in increased protection for girls from abuse in schools.

Sex Worker Rights

We work to ensure that sex workers are treated with dignity, and are granted the same rights under the constitution as everyone else. We ensure that they are protected from mistreatment by employers, law enforcement, and others.