Saturday, August 24, 2019

Women’s Legal Centre celebrates its 20th anniversary

The 20th anniversary of the Women’s Legal Centre was celebrated with a feminist symposium at the District 6 Museum.
On Thursday the event was held, there were panel conversations about topics such as abortion female sexual reproduction, challenges for economic independence, and women at the forefront of spatial injustice and tenure security.

The women’s rights manager at NGO ActionAid, Lindelwe Nxumalo, spoke passionately about women mainly being seen as care workers in homes and societies, which restricted their access to opportunities to liberate themselves economically and be in the workforce. The Community Workers Advice Office, Meme Makhaula, said: “The difficulty of facing with cases of women being sexually exploited is that these ladies are often defenceless and don’t want to speak about the sexual abuse they face.”

A representative from Sisonke, Philisiwe Tamari, a support of the Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Task Force (Sweat), mentioned it was often problematic for sex workers to access basic rights.

“The sex workers in our country are being killed, raped and tortured, and yet nobody seems to do anything about it because what they do is seen as unholy. “At Sweat, we want to decrease the discrimination sex workers face in their communities. That’s why we have created our own community through the Sisonke group.”

By: Ellouise Muller

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