Author Archives: Johan

IN REMEMBRANCE OF DONNA GAIL FORTUIN

6 January 2021 IN REMEMBRANCE OF DONNA GAIL FORTUIN 1980 – 2021 It is with deep sadness that The Women’s Legal Centre and its staff report the passing of our dearest colleague and friend, Donna Gail Fortuin. Donna passed away in the early hours of 6 January 2021 at Constantiaberg Hospital in Cape Town due

The Supreme Court of Appeal affirms the obligation of the state to take steps to recognise Muslim marriages in South Africa

The Supreme Court of Appeal affirms the obligation of the state to take steps to recognise Muslim marriages in South Africa The Women’s Legal Centre (WLC) notes the judgment handed down by the Supreme Court of Appeal today, 18 December 2020, which recognises the injustice and stigma suffered by Muslim women in South Africa because

Towards a compassionate feminist society

Towards a compassionate feminist society Statement by the Women’s Legal Centre (WLC) on Reconciliation Day, 16 December 2020 This year, Reconciliation Day presents us all with another opportunity to consider how painfully far we remain from the values and principles adopted in drafting the Constitution of South Africa. It is an opportunity to strengthen our

365 Days of Protecting Womxn

365 Days of Protecting Womxn Cape Town, 26 November 2020 – The Women’s Legal Centre (WLC) continues to hold its stance that eradicating violence against womxn should be a focal point of our every day and not only 16 days of the year. This is in light of the fact that only 7.8% of the

The Mahlangu Case and The Recognition of Women’s Work as Work

The Mahlangu Case and The Recognition of Women’s Work as Work This judgment realises the rights of domestic workers in South Africa Cape Town, 19 November – Domestic workers in South Africa have historically been discriminated against by not having their care work recognised as work, and by being excluded from social security benefits that

Victory for opposite-sex couples in domestic partnerships, but the fight for equality continues

Victory for opposite-sex couples in domestic partnerships, but the fight for equality continues Couples living together, either prior to marriage or instead of marriage, are a common practice in South Africa. In law, this is referred to as a domestic partnership, which is defined as an interpersonal relationship between two people who live together and

The Recognition of Muslim Marriages in South Africa

The Recognition of Muslim Marriages in South Africa The Women’s Legal Centre (WLC) was back in the Supreme Court of Appeal yesterday after being unable to reach agreement with the state on key issues that affect Muslim women.    Cape Town, 1 October – The case was heard by the Judges of the Supreme Court

The Bwanya Statement

The Bwanya Statement A win for #equalityinrelationships Cape Town, 30 September 2020 – The Women’s Legal Centre (WLC) welcomes the judgment handed down by the Western Cape High Court this afternoon relating to the rights of women living in opposite sex domestic partnerships. “I find that the failure to include the heterosexual partnerships within s1(1)

National Wills Week 26 – 30 October 2020

National Wills Week 26 – 30 October 2020 The Women’s Legal Centre, in partnership with South African Women in Dialogue, the Law Society of South Africa, The Black Lawyers Association, the National Association of Democratic Lawyers and Legal Aid South Africa, the South African Women Lawyers Association, The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, and

Misogynistic Hate Speech Undermines Equality for Womxn

Misogynistic Hate Speech Undermines Equality for Womxn South Africa is a deeply unequal society in many ways and womxn bear the brunt in respect of much of the inequality and discrimination. They often experience intersecting forms of discrimination because of their gender, and so discrimination is compounded because it may intersect with race, sexual orientation,