Category Archives: Media Statement

High Court vindicates women’s rights to speak about their rape experience as a critical way to combat the scourge of violence against women

The Women’s Legal Centre is inspired by the judgement handed down by the Western Cape High Court this morning in which the Court overturned an order made by the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court gagging our client from speaking about the fact that she was raped by her ex-boyfriend.

Seeking to have the system used by the SAPS to determine the allocation of their human resources recognise the impact of violent crimes on women

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CAPE TOWN: 1 February 2022 Seeking to have the system used by the SAPS to determine the allocation of their human resources recognise the impact of violent crimes on women On 3 February 2022, the Constitutional Court will hear its first case of the year, Social Justice Coalition and Others v Minister of

Victory for women in opposite sex domestic partnerships

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CAPE TOWN: 04 January 2022 Victory for women in opposite sex domestic partnerships as the Constitutional Court recognises their right to inherit testate and claim spousal maintenance On 31 December 2021 the Constitutional Court issued its judgment in the matter of Bwanya vs Master of the High Court Cape Town and Others

Women’s Legal Centre to challenge the Criminal Procedure Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CAPE TOWN: 12 December 2021 The Women’s Legal Centre will be appearing in the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 13 December 2021, representing a client to oppose an interim protection order in terms of the Protection from Harassment Act and challenge the constitutionality of certain provisions of the law contained in the

Gender equality still lacking in the South African legal field

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE A report commissioned by the Western Cape branch of the National Association of Democratic Lawyers (NADEL), in partnership with the Women’s Legal Centre (WLC) and Foundation for Human Rights, reveals an urgent need for gender transformation in South Africa’s legal profession. CAPE TOWN, 07 December 2021: The report confirms consensus by a

WLC to appeal order gagging a womxn from speaking about her rape to anyone

CAPE TOWN:  19 October 2021 The Women’s Legal Centre will be appearing in the Western Cape High Court this week, Friday, 22 October 2021, to appeal an order made by the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court in which a Magistrate ordered a womxn not to talk about her rape to anyone. The past few years have

WLC supports liberalisation of abortion laws in Namibia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Today we stand in solidarity with our sister organisation in Namibia, the Voices for Choices and Rights Coalition (VCRC), as they seek to uphold womxn’s rights by motivating for the decriminalisation of abortion in Namibia. WINDHOEK, 18 OCTOBER 2021: The Women’s Legal Centre’s (WLC) Namibian-based partner, VCRC, made oral presentations to a

Statement on hateful comments made during case on the recognition of Muslim marriages.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 05 August 2021 At the start of the hearing of our case, Women’s Legal Centre (WLC) v President of South Africa on the recognition of Muslim marriages in the Constitutional Court this morning (5 August 2021), a participant logged into the hearing link was heard referring to our counsel, Advocate Nazreen Bawa

Joint Press Statement: Women’s Legal Centre, Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition of South Africa and Legal Resources Centre

Joint Press Statement: Women’s Legal Centre, Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition of South Africa and Legal Resources Centre   Safeguarding access to safe and legal abortions – Judgment handed down in the matter of Voice of the Unborn Baby NPC and another v Minister of Home Affairs and another   On 26 March 2021, the

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