Bronwyn Pithey



I am an admitted Advocate in the High Court of South Africa, working for the Women’s Legal Centre. The WLC is an African feminist, legal centre that advances women’s rights and equality through strategic litigation, advocacy, the provision of free legal advice, and education and training.

The WLC develops feminist jurisprudence that recognises and advances women’s rights across a number of programmes. I lead the Women’s Right to be Free from Violence Programme and I’m currently involved in several constitutional litigation cases challenging the constitutionality of legislation, the implementation of judgements and laws, and access to justice for marginalised and vulnerable women.

Prior to the WLC I was an advocate/prosecutor in the Sexual Offences and Community Affairs Unit of the National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa from 2000 to 2015 where I was primarily responsible for the overall management and prosecution of sexual offences in the Western Cape, including the management of the Thuthuzela Care Centres. I was a member of the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development’s National Advisory Task Team on the Re-establishment of Sexual Offences Courts in South Africa and was involved in the implementation and management of Sexual Offences Courts nationally.

I have been and remain intricately involved in the development and drafting of numerous pieces of legislation and governmental policies in South Africa regarding violence against women, as well as contributing to international projects, including the implementation of the UN CEDAW. I am the co-editor of the Sexual Offences Commentary on the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act 32 of 2007 published by Juta.
I hold LLB and LLM degrees from the University of Cape Town.

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