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The WLC seeks to intervene in developing the common law for women in life partnerships.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CAPE TOWN: 20 January 2023 The WLC seeks to intervene in developing the common law for women in life partnerships. The Women’s Legal Centre Trust (WLC Trust) has brought an application to be admitted as  amicus curiae (friends of the court) in a case brought in the Western Cape High Court. The

Challenging The Laws Which Serve To Silence Victims Of Sexual Violence And Their Supporters

The Women’s Legal Centre challenges the constitutionality of certain provisions of the Criminal Procedure Act which places a prohibition on the publication of any information relating to persons accused of sexual offences before the accused as pleaded to the charges.

UNiTE! Activism To End Violence Against Women And Girls!

For the next 16 Days the Women’s Legal Centre will join the global community in commemorating the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which will run from 25 November to 10 December 2022, under the theme “UNITE! Activism to end violence against women and girls”.

High Court upholds women’s rights to make decisions about their reproductive health


TT & BM vs MINISTER OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT & OTHERS – CASE NO 43969/2020 – VICTORY for women and children: UNLAWFUL AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL STATE INTERFERENCE IN THE RIGHT TO PLACE A CHILD(REN) FOR ADOPTION The Women’s Legal Centre (WLC) welcomes the judgment handed down by the Johannesburg High Court on the 19th of November 2022.

Annual Report 2021

Creating The Future In The Present – The Feminist Revolution Continues And Must Continue Twenty-seven years ago, South Africa’s first democratic elections were held. The promise of a new dawn is one that we will never forget. A new democracy birthed the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, which was approved by the Constitutional

Advancing Access To Maintenance For Women In Permanent Life Partnerships

Charlene May and Mandi Mudarikwa unpack the Bwanya Judgement, which points to women in our patriarchal society often lacking the bargaining power in relationships to negotiate a marriage and highlights how we can change that in a court of law.

Victory: Abdullah and WLCT v The City of Cape Town

In what can only be described as a victory for poor and working class women the Western Cape High Court (Equality Court) yesterday issued an order in the form of a notice that the City of Cape Town’s housing policy known as the “Housing Scheme Constructed by the Local Authority” is in fact unconstitutional in that it discriminates against women who were not recognised as co-owners of housing units which they received from the City under the policy.

#PatrickMustFall: Empty Promises – Empty Pots

On Monday 8 August 2022, over 50 working-class women from across the Cape Flats will picket at Constantia Circle, a site of privilege and food security, against the invisible violences of hunger, poverty, unemployment and neglect from government and big business who export and waste tons while our communities go hungry.

Women’s Legal Centre Launches Academy for Future Female Litigators

The Women’s Legal Centre (WLC) launched an intensive three-week training programme for law students from different universities across South Africa on Monday, 04 July 2022. The WLC Feminist Academy programme, believed to be the first of its kind in South Africa, received over 200 applications from female students across South Africa, with 15 students successfully joining the Academy.

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