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Day 1


9h00 – 10h00 Registration
10h00 – 11h00

Opening address: Professor Pumla Gqola


11h00 – 11h15 Tea Break
11h15 – 12h15

Session 1 – Charting a new feminist path; learning from the struggles of the past


This session aims to facilitate learning from those who participated in feminism struggles in the past understand what the challenges facing women are today and chart a way forward. Panel presentations from women who have been in the struggle and from young feminists about the current issues and how they are contributing to their resolution. What has worked in the past? Have we achieved what we wanted? Are the tactics used then relevant for the current context? How can we learn from each other and advance the cause of feminism in an increasingly authoritarian and right wing world.

Building solidarity between generations and providing mentorship opportunities for those who wish to have access to mentors.


  • Fatima Shabodien, Strategic Director, Raith Foundation
  • Simamkele Dlakavu, PHD Candidate, Rhodes University
  • Kwezilomso Mbandazayo, Women’s Rights and Gender Justice Programme Manager, OXFAM
  • Gail Smith, Soul City Institute for Social Justice
  • Moderator: Umunyana Rugege SECTION27

Hosted by: SECTION27

12h15 – 13h00 Lunch
13h00 – 14h30

Session 2a : [In]access to land and housing: A focus on gender and sexual orientation


Through sharing contemporary experiences, this session will consider how to break down barriers when we approach, support and amplify the voices of those engaged in urban & rural land and housing struggles. The session will start with brief inputs from the panellists and feed into a facilitated workshop (designed as a Mindshift workshop) that will further build on and unpack what the panellists have shared. The inputs will include contributions on the struggles of women and LGBTQI+ citizens to access rural & customary land; women living in informal settlements; the experiences of Domestic Workers & urban exclusion

Rural: Thiyane Duda (LARC)
Zama Khumalo (SERI)
Musa Gwebani (SJC)
Kelebogile Khunou (SERI)
Reclaim the City Activist (TBC)

Workshop Facilitator: Maxine Bezuidenhout

Hosted by: Ndifuna Ukwazi

Session 2b: Trans invisibility in state care


An interactive discussion between facilitator and panellists, followed by questions and ideas from the floor.

On the panel:

Liberty Matthyse, director of Gender Dynamix
Pi Delport, volunteer at Triangle Project
Jabu Pereira, director of Iranti

The session will reflect on the case of Jade September, a trans woman incarcerated in a men’s prison, who recently won her right to express her gender identity freely, in the Cape High Court sitting as a equality court. To explore the experiences of trans people either in, or trying to access, state institutions and care generally: shelters, clinics, schools, and other forms of institutional care. To consider the role of public interest law, in that light.

Hosted by: Lawyers for Human Rights

Moderator/ Facilitator: Sanja Borman, head of the LHR Gender Equality Programme

14h30 – 15h30

Session 3: Domestic Workers Realising their Rights


Despite the inclusion of domestic workers in labour legislation and protections, domestic workers continue to be exploited: they work under unfair conditions; they experience racial paternalism, class discrimination and even verbal, physical and sexual abuse in their workplaces. Their work is undervalued by society in general.
The purpose of this session is to analyse the institution of domestic service- to explore its intimate nature and the inequalities, which exist in the domestic employment relationship along the lines of race, gender and class; and to learn about the efforts of domestic workers, unions and other organisations to realise domestic workers rights.

Speakers :
Domestic worker rights advocate- Domestic workers in South Africa: gender, race and class.
Eunice Dhladlha (SADSAWU) – Domestic workers right to decent work- crises and victories.
Maggie Mthombeni (Izwi Domestic Workers Alliance) – organising domestic workers at the neighbourhood level.
Amanda Duma (SERI) – “Mahlangu v the Minister of Labour”: using strategic litigation to advance domestic workers rights.
Moderator: Kelebogile Khunou

Hosted by: Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI)

15h30 – 15h45 Tea Break
15h45 – 17h15

Session 4a: Sexual violence in schools – accountability and interventions


A brainstorming session for invited participants, which aims to provide a platform for organisations working on issues of sexual violence in schools to share trends / case studies emerging from work in the field, identify key gaps in law and policy, begin developing collective advocacy strategy for reforms / implementation.

Moderator: Precillar Moyo

Co-Hosted by: Equal Education Law Centre and Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS)

Session 4b: LGBTIAQ+ rights and the Public Interest Litigation Sector


To critically reflect on the challenges the LGBTIAQ+ community face when working in the public interest litigation sector – either as persons who identify as LGBTIAQ+ and/or as persons who work on LGBTIAQ+ rights.
To come up with a coordinated sectoral response to the challenges that the LGBTIAQ+ community face when working in the public interest litigation sector – either as persons who identify as LGBTIAQ+ and/or as persons who work on LGBTIAQ+ rights.

Moderator: Basetsana Koitsioe, Candidate Attorney

Phumi Mtetwa – Senior Associate at Just Associates

Hosted by: Centre for Applied Legal Studies


Networking Cocktail Function

Address by: Nicolette Naylor Ford Foundation

Day 2


9h00 – 10h00 Key Note Address: Nomboniso Gasa
10h00 – 11h00

Session 5: Abortion access: battles in South Africa and globally


This session aims to examine access to abortion and the battles that are being fought in South Africa (including in relation to availability at or designation of facilities; access to medicine; conscientious objection; impact of the Global Gag Rule); and abroad (including work in the region; restrictions in access in the US)

Moderator: Thuthukile Mbatha

  • Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng (abortion activist and provider);
  • Sibongile Tshabalala or Nontombi Lekoane (TAC abortion champion);
  • Tambudzai Gonese (Southern African Litigation Centre)

Hosted by: SECTION27

11h00 – 11h15 Tea Break
11h15 – 12h15

Session 6: Gender and Climate Change


This session will focus on how women face higher risks and burdens from the impacts of climate change, yet are uniquely positioned to play a critical role in devising and implementing sustainable solutions, particularly at a local level. The session has two broad objectives, the first being to unpack the how the impacts of climate change are most acutely felt by those who are already vulnerable and largely excluded from decision-making processes which impact on them, and the second to consider existing work in this area and potential for enhancement of such work.

Moderator: Leanne Govindsamy

  • Makoma Lekalakala, Earthlife Africa
  • Hameda Deedat, Naledi, COSATU
  • Annabel Raw, Southern African Litigation Centre

Hosted by: CER

12h15 – 13h00 Lunch
13h00 – 14h00

Session 7: Ensuring social justice for children through the Children’s Court and the Children’s Act


Panel discussion –

The extension of foster care orders – 28th of November 2019 is looming.
Obtaining the involvement of a social worker and SAPS in children’s court matters – s50 and Form 9, s62 and s155 of the Children’s Act.
Acquisition of full parental responsibilities and rights by an unmarried father in terms of s21 and the important role of the Children’s Court in providing legal surety.
Opening of panel discussion – 1 hour
Reference to case law, statutes and case studies by the panellists;
Opportunity to members from the audience to raise their concerns.

  • Ms. Daphne Naidoo (DSD);
  • Ms. Teresa Horne (DOJ&CD);
  • Ms. Zita Hansungule (Centre for Child Law, UP)
  • Ms. Isabel Magaya (Centre for Child Law, UP);
  • Ms. Alet Beyl (UJ Law Clinic)
  • Moderator: Mr. Mpho Mogodi, ProBono.Org
14h00 – 15h00

Session 8: Access to justice for undocumented children


This session will be devoted to sharing strategies which the panellists have employed to ensure that undocumented children have access to justice. This includes strategies to ensure that undocumented children are admitted to school without the need to produce documentation (including irregular migrant children), strategies to ensure that children are documented (through regional mechanisms, advocacy and litigation) and strategies to ensure access for undocumented children have access to social grants. These strategies are particularly important within an increasingly xenophobic space, and in which government policies aim to restrict the rights of migrants and other undocumented persons (including South Africans).
Moderator/ Facilitator: TBC

  • Liesl Muller (Head of Statelessness Project at LHR),
  • Anjuli Maistry (Senior Attorney at CCL),
  • Paula Proudlock (Children’s Institute).