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.
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.
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
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
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)
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
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
Press Release WLC stands united with NGOs on HSF raid – NGO STATEMENT ON HELEN SUZMAN FOUNDATION RAID On Sunday afternoon, the Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) offices in Parktown, Johannesburg were the target of a military-style raid. Those conducting the raid clearly knew what they were looking for: computers and other documentation relating to the
Press Release What About the Women? The 2016 State of the Nation Address (SONA) yielded no surprises when President Zuma failed to single out South African women as a vulnerable group, much less present reforms constructed to address injustices against women. The SONA is meant to set out the government’s key policy objective year