Women`s Legal Centre Act & Region Inc
The exercise of their constitutional rights is a major obstacle for women. The high cost of going to court makes it out of reach for women most in need of legal protection. The Women`s Law Centre is trying to change this by taking gratuitous lawsuits on behalf of women, challenging established principles and striking down discriminatory laws. In 1999, a small group of Cape Town women`s lawyers established an independently-funded, non-profit legal centre focused exclusively on women`s rights. Since then, the Women`s Legal Centre has gained a reputation in South Africa and abroad for promoting women`s rights, and several precedents have been set that will have a profound impact on the lives of many women. It also affects how we provide services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children. We recognize that there are systemic barriers that prevent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women from claiming their rights and commit to addressing legal and justice issues in a cultural and community context. This means we understand the legal issues women face and their experiences with the legal system as part of a broader analysis of systemic gender inequality. We are committed to providing personalized services while working for profound legal and cultural changes to address power imbalances and prevent gender-based violence. We strive to intervene and resolve legal issues quickly through timely advice and secure representation to avoid escalating legal issues. The Centre improves the lives of women through specialized legal representation, support and advocacy. While South Africa has a strong constitution, the majority of black women have not seen any real improvement in their daily lives, especially in rural areas.
The level of gender-based violence is extremely high, women are impoverished and vulnerable due to the dissolution of their relationships (loss of access to assets acquired during the relationship) and many women lack basic access to land or housing. Discrimination in the workplace is commonplace, as women are employed (if at all) in the most vulnerable sectors of our economy. Women are more likely to be infected and severely affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic and have difficulty accessing primary health care. Progress in the area of reproductive rights is constantly being challenged. “The Women`s Legal Centre is funded by Legal Aid and Family Services of the Commonwealth Attorney General`s Department.” If you need help, please call our advice and admission line on 02 6257 4377 or ask for help online using the link below. Find out what the centre does and how you can get help Use this quick skills check to see if we can help you with your current problem We are a feminist ministry with a strong foundation of values.