Category Archives: Opinion

Why customary marriage registration matters for South African womxn

The Women’s Legal Centre strongly believes that if we want womxn in South Africa to enjoy the full benefit of legal protection in their personal relationships, we must make it easier for them to register customary marriages and ensure that existing relationship-related rights are also practically extended to all customary marriages. A low rate of

Beyond the altar: Addressing the legacy of who is deserving of relationship recognition

If the state is committed to reforming South Africa’s family law in a manner that realises rights, it must provide a broader recognition and protection of the diversity of relationships and family structures in South Africa. This must include a recognition of domestic partnerships, religious and customary marriages. In 1996, the census data recorded that

We need feminist places of work: How ILO Convention 190 can help to get us there

This Worker’s Day the Women’s Legal Centre joins womxn around the world in urging their governments to ratify the International Labour Organisation’s Convention 190 to eliminate violence and harassment in the world of work.

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

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,

Women’s Day:  We are the feminist leadership we have been waiting for

Women’s Day:  We are the feminist leadership we have been waiting for International Women’s Day is commemorated annually on 8 March. In South Africa, we honour the bravery showed by womxn on 9 August 1956 when they took to the streets in protest over the apartheid system. 20 000 womxn came together on that day

It is time for our Government to take heed of the lived realities of womxn farmworkers

It is time for our Government to take heed of the lived realities of womxn farmworkers The Women’s Legal Centre, with the Women on Farms Project, are calling on government to open labour centres and make mobile labour centres available in rural areas so that women who live and work on farms can claim unemployment

STRANDFONTEIN SHELTER SHOWS IMPORTANCE OF MONITORING WOMXN’S RIGHTS DURING A CRISIS

Strandfontein shelter shows importance of monitoring womxn’s rights during a crisis  Our government’s COVID-19 response and Disaster Management Act Regulations must be subjected to stringent monitoring to ensure the safety and security of womxn throughout the country, according to the Women’s Legal Centre. The Women’s Legal Centre has been admitted as a friend of the

COVID-19 through a gendered, Feminist and human rights lens. What does Corona virus mean to womxn in South Africa.

The Women’s Legal Centre reflects after President Ramaphosa addresses the nation for the third time on Monday evening on the status of our COVID-19 lockdown in South Africa. The WLC recognises that this is a difficult time for everyone; our government, public interest sector and nation. Our main reflection during this lockdown is what a

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