Category Archives: Press release

Victory for Muslim women as Constitutional Court judgment recognises their right to equal protection in marriage

The Women’s Legal Centre (WLC) is elated in welcoming the judgment handed down by the Constitutional Court in which it finally provides recognition of Muslim women’s rights to equal recognition and protection in marriage.

Safeguarding access to safe and legal abortions: Voice of Unborn Baby

In a country where access to abortion and other sexual and reproductive health care services are difficult to access the Constitutional Court judgment handed down on Wednesday, 15 June 2022 in the case of Voice of the Unborn Baby NPC and another v The Minister of Home Affairs and another goes a far way in ensuring that women’s right to choose is protected.

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

Campaigners petition UN to investigate racial and gender discrimination in global COVID-19 vaccine roll-out

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10 November, 2021 Campaigners petition UN to investigate racial and gender discrimination in global COVID-19 vaccine roll-out US, UK, Germany, Norway, and Switzerland in violation of international human rights law in “prolonging the pandemic” ahead of vital World Trade Organisation meeting GENEVA–An international coalition of human rights law groups, public health experts,

Religious freedom does not mean the right to discriminate

CAPE TOWN: 09 November 2021 The constitutional guarantee of freedom of religion is not a gateway to unfairly discriminate. The Women’s Legal Centre (WLC) has applied to be a friend of the court in the matter of SAHRC and Others vs Beloftebos and Others in order to provide a feminist and gender lens as well

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