Category Archives: Press release

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”.

High Court upholds women’s rights to make decisions about their reproductive health


TT & BM vs MINISTER OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT & OTHERS – CASE NO 43969/2020 – VICTORY for women and children: UNLAWFUL AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL STATE INTERFERENCE IN THE RIGHT TO PLACE A CHILD(REN) FOR ADOPTION The Women’s Legal Centre (WLC) welcomes the judgment handed down by the Johannesburg High Court on the 19th of November 2022.

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.

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.

Unlawful and Unconstitutional State Interference in the right to place a Child(Ren) for Adoption

On 20 and 21 July 2022 the Johannesburg High Court will hear an application brought by the Women’s Legal Centre Trust (WLC Trust), on behalf of its clients TT and BM, in which they challenge the unlawful interference by the Department of Social Development (Department) with TT and BM’s decisions to place their biological children up for adoption.

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.

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