Category Archives: Media Statement

The Western Cape High Court fails women on the eve of Human Rights Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CAPE TOWN: 20 March 2023 The Women’s Legal Centre Trust (WLCT) is disappointed by the majority judgment handed down by the Western Cape High Court full bench on Friday, 17 March 2023.  The WLCT was admitted as amicus curiae in the matter of EW v VH in which the Applicant (“W”) sought

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”.

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.

Social Justice Coalition and Others v Minister of Police and Others (Women’s Legal Centre as Fifth Respondent) Constitutional Court

On 19 July 2022, the Constitutional Court handed down judgment in an application brought by the Social Justice Coalition and others, represented by the Legal Resources Centre, for leave to appeal and direct access to this Court seeking a declaratory order that the Equality Court of South Africa, Western Cape Division, Cape Town (‘Equality Court’) had constructively refused to grant the Social Justice Coalition a remedy after its finding that the formula used by SAPS in the allocation of police services was discriminatory against Black and poor people on the grounds of race and poverty.

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