Thematic Areas

Womens’ Socio-Economic Rights

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Women’s Socio-Economic Rights

We prioritise using the law to achieve policy and legal outcomes that advance socio-economic rights. Such rights may relate to women’s legal rights to material resources such as land, housing or property, access to fair and non-discriminatory working conditions, the recognition of human and sexual rights within diverse zones of labour (including wage-based, informal, casual and reproductive sectors), as well as women’s access to healthcare and education. The current focus of our work is on the following:

  • The lack of equal rights to inheritance
  • Laws excluding or restricting women’s access to property rights
  • The property rights of women who are cohabiting
  • Legal processes that lead to the denial of women’s property rights
  • Exclusion of women in the processes and laws governing the administration of deceased estates
  • Practices and laws that threaten women’s rights to an equitable share of property upon dissolution of marriage
  • Gendered impact of the activities of the extractives industry on women’s access and use of land
  • Sexual harassment
  • Laws and practices which hinder women’s rights to work
  • Laws and practices which affect women’s rights in the workplace
  • Women’s sexual and reproductive healthcare rights
  • Women’s rights to education

About Us

Founded in 2014, the Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (ISLA) is a Pan-African and feminist initiative with a timely remit: to strengthen strategic human rights litigation across the African continent. Essentially, we aim to change the way that strategic litigation is used so as to enable broader access to justice and to support those who seek to hold states accountable for violations of women’s human rights and sexual rights.

Contact Details

Contact Number:

+27 11 338 9024/9028/9014

Fax: +27 11 338 9029

Address: 208-211 Rahima Moosa Street, Marble Towers, 15th Floor Johannesburg, 2001 Gauteng, South Africa