Tag Archives: womxns rights

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

The WLC encouraged by WCHC landmark decision against an interdict seeking to silence rape survivor

CAPE TOWN: 30 August 2021 The WLC encouraged by WCHC landmark decision against an interdict seeking to silence rape survivor The WLC welcomes the judgement made by Judge Baartman earlier today in which she found against Melvin Booysen who had sought to interdict June Major Dolley from posting about him publicly and on social media.

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

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.

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

Joint Press Statement: Global Gag Rule Rescinded

  Joint Press Statement: Global Gag Rule Rescinded Women’s Legal Centre and Legal Resources Centre On 28 January 2021, President Biden signed a Presidential Memorandum rescinding the expanded Global Gag Rule, also known as the Mexico City Policy, that was reinstated by President Trump in 2017. The Global Gag Rule (GGR) is a policy that

Towards a compassionate feminist society

Towards a compassionate feminist society Statement by the Women’s Legal Centre (WLC) on Reconciliation Day, 16 December 2020 This year, Reconciliation Day presents us all with another opportunity to consider how painfully far we remain from the values and principles adopted in drafting the Constitution of South Africa. It is an opportunity to strengthen our

365 Days of Protecting Womxn

365 Days of Protecting Womxn Cape Town, 26 November 2020 – The Women’s Legal Centre (WLC) continues to hold its stance that eradicating violence against womxn should be a focal point of our every day and not only 16 days of the year. This is in light of the fact that only 7.8% of the

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

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