Paving the Way Forward for Women in South Africa

Women are often regarded as cornerstones of families and greater communities, and in many ways, have laid down solid foundations of nurturing and support for future generations for years and years. But what’s often lost in conversations about women in South Africa is the fact that they are also activists, innovators and role models for thousands across the country.

But those incredible strengths and abilities are undoubtedly inspired by the courageous and influential women of South Africa’s history. Case in point: the more than 20 000 brave women who walked to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest amendments to the Urban Areas Act. It was a giant leap forward for women’s right and equality in South Africa.

But the fight continues!

For all the progress that has been made, there are many obstacles for women- from increased gender-based violence to pay gap disparities.

LAW FOR ALL:  Challenging the Male-dominated Legal Industry

It’s important for LAW FOR ALL to not just talk the talk, but walk the walk, too. Our company has two highly accomplished women at the helm: Chief Legal Executive Delia McArthur and Managing Director Adv. Jackie Nagtegaal.

“At LAW FOR ALL, women’s rights and empowerment take centre stage, as two of our core values. Women have been overlooked in the legal industry and society in general for far too long,” maintains McArthur.

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Additionally, Nagtegaal says LAW FOR ALL is committed to being a beacon of hope for women in the legal fraternity.

“Transformation is at the forefront of every decision we make as a legal service provider. It’s crucial for us to create the world we wish to see. Being in the legal industry, I believe there rests a greater onus on us to boost transformation, as it is the legal fraternity that shapes how we do things in the future. Representation and equal opportunity are essential elements for a truly democratic South Africa,” adds Nagtegaal.

Looking back to make giant leaps forward

We’re reflecting on the powerful and influential women who broke barriers in the past, unpacking the multiple struggles women still face in contemporary South Africa and celebrating the fearless females who are doing it for themselves. The goal? To inspire and empower the mothers, sisters, daughters of our nation.

This month, LAW FOR ALL takes a closer look at:

  1. South African Women Struggle Icons and Activists

While the likes of Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo and Steve Biko are household names (and rightfully so), women struggle icons who challenged the racist apartheid regime and fought for women’s rights are often overlooked.  This month, we’re highlighting female activists, politicians and other influential figures who deserve more praise.

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  1. Sexual Consent in South Africa

After going viral in 2017, the #MeToo social media movement reignited conversations about what constitutes sexual consent. It revealed, amongst other things, that someone doesn’t have to explicitly say “no” to indicate that they do not want to proceed with a sexual activity/encounter.  We take a closer look at what it means to give consent and the legal consequences of not taking “no” for an answer (spoiler: it’s sexual assault).

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  1. Challenges Facing Women Lawyers in South Africa

On the topic of sexual harassment and assault, it’s been reported that almost half of women legal professionals have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace. This is just one of the major issues holding women back in the legal industry. In this write-up, we explore gender inequality in law firms and why “representation” is more than just a buzzword.

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  1. Women Buying Property in South Africa

Thankfully, it’s not all doom and gloom. And women are becoming more and more economically empowered.  In 2019, it was reported that single women in South Africa are the biggest demographic of property buyers.  LAW FOR ALL understands the power of having property as an investment, and thus all policyholders qualify for discounted transfer fees, ranging from 35% to 60% off, depending on the policy. We also give some helpful hints on what to consider before your purchase property here:

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Let’s Get into Formation

A truly equal and transformed country for all is only possible if we all stand together.  It takes personal perceptions, societal expectations and legal structures to shift and evolve, in order to lay a new foundation for women (and our country) to thrive.

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