It is clear that no legitimate objective is advanced by excluding domestic workers from COIDA. If anything, their exclusion has a significant stigmatising effect which entrenches patterns of disadvantage based on race, sex and gender…. In considering those who are most vulnerable or most in need, a court should take cognisance of those who fall at the intersection of compounded vulnerabilities due to intersecting oppression based on race, sex, gender, class and other grounds. To allow this form of state-sanctioned inequity goes against the values of our newly constituted society namely human dignity, the achievement of equality and ubuntu. To exclude this category of individuals from the social security scheme established by COIDA is manifestly unreasonable.
In commemoration of women’s month, the Department of Justice & Constitutional Development in the Western Cape has partnered with the National Association of Democratic Lawyers (NADEL), BLA (Black Lawyers’ Association) and SAWLA (South African Women Lawyers’ Association) to plan this year’s Access to Justice Week, which will take place from 20-25 September 2010.
The following activities have been identified for the Access to Justice week:
a) Rendering of practical court assistance (20 and 21 September 2010);b) Educational seminar workshops (22 and 23 September 2010); andc) Offering of Legal Advice for the members of the public at Advice offices which will take place across the Western Cape region on 24 and 25 September 2010.
With regard to the first activity, the following courts have been identified:
Civil section- Cape Town Court;Family Law section- Maynard Plaza- Wynberg;Family Law section Bhorat Centre-Athlone;Family Law section- Philippi Magistrate’s office;Family Law section- Mitchell’s Plain Magistrate’s Office;Family Law section-Bishop Lavis Magistrate’s office;Family Law section- Worcester Magistrate’s office;Family Law section- Atlantis Magistrate’s office;Family Law section- George Magistrate’s office (targeting community of Thembalethu); andFamily Law section- Paarl Magistrate’s office (targeting community of Mbekweni).
If you wish to participate in the above activities (by offering legal assistance, advice or training), please contact Carnietta Davidson and/or Matilda Smith (Nadel Western Cape Exec members) who are co-ordinating the activities on behalf of Nadel. Their contact details:
Carnietta Davidson: Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org / Ph: 021 6805338.
Matilda Smith: Email: Matilda.Smith@uct.ac.za / Ph: 021 6504023.
Please copy me in your emails to Carnietta and/or Matilda.
“Wathint’ Abafazi Wathint’ Imbokodo!
You strike a woman, you strike a rock!”BACK TO TOP