Advocacy Resources – South Africa

Find resources for legal aid for divorce, domestic violence, and child support in addition to human rights, justice, gender equality and general freedoms.

Please note: the resource section is meant to be a minimum viable product (MVP). Our intention is to show you what kind of resources the final website will show once market research to identify what women really want and need is carried out, and the final website is built.

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Victim support and empowerment. Court preparation and accompaniment.

LegalWise provides legal counseling and representation for you and your family, including your spouse, partner or children under the age of 18.

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Free paralegal services re: child support and other social grants, labour problems, debt counselling and citizenship applications.

The Black Sash is a 59 year old veteran human rights organisation whose current programmes draw on a rich institutional heritage of advocating for social justice in South Africa.

The Black Sash works in three areas in the social protection arena, with an emphasis on women and children:
rights-based information, education and training;
community monitoring; and
advocacy in partnership.

The Black Sash National HELPLINE (072-66 33 739 or [email protected]) is a free national information, advice and referral service. The public can communicate with a Black Sash paralegal on any questions they have related to their rights.

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Promoting enforcement of legal and human rights

Lawyers for Human Rights is an independent human rights organisation with a 37-year track record of human rights activism and public interest litigation in South Africa. LHR uses the law as a positive instrument for change and to deepen the democratisation of South African society. To this end, it provides free legal services to vulnerable, marginalised and indigent individuals and communities, both non-national and South African, who are victims of unlawful infringements of their constitutional rights.

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Providing legal aid to those who cannot afford it

In South Africa, every person who is arrested, detained or accused has a right to a fair trial, which includes the right to have a legal practitioner assigned by the State and at State expense. The Legal Aid Board's role is to provide legal aid to those who cannot afford their own legal representation. The aim of the Legal Aid Board is to provide legal aid to as many poor people as possible, including vulnerable groups such as women, children and the rural poor.

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We provide professional legal advice and representation to those who can’t afford it.

Legal Aid of South Africa provides information on: who qualifies for legal aid (at State expense) and how they can assist individuals.

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Free legal services

The LRC is a human rights orga­ni­za­tion in South Africa. We use the law as an instru­ment of jus­tice for the vul­ner­a­ble and mar­gin­alised, includ­ing poor, home­less, and land­less peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties who suf­fer dis­crim­i­na­tion by rea­son of race, class, gen­der, dis­abil­ity or by rea­son of social, eco­nomic, and his­tor­i­cal cir­cum­stances.

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Investigate HR violations, work for redress

The South African Human Rights Commission is the national institution established to support constitutional democracy. It is committed to promote respect for, observance of and protection of human rights for everyone without fear or favour.

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The CCMA provides a variety of workplace dispute resolution, prevention and management services.

The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) is a dispute resolution body established in terms of the Labour Relations Act, 66 of 1995 (LRA). It is an independent body, does not belong to and is not controlled by any political party, trade union or business and offers free services.

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Advocacy group for women’s legal rights

The Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre to End Violence Against Women is a non-profit organisation that promotes the right of women to live their lives free from the fear or experience of violence. Tshwaranang's specific mission is to uphold the right to justice for survivors of gender based violence.

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Providing free legal advice and aid

UNISA Law Clinic provides affordable legal aid and legal representation in any court of law, tribunal or body before which a party may be represented by a legal practitioner. The services are provided for persons who are indigent or for any other reason unable to obtain the services of legal practitioners in private practices. The Clinic is staffed by qualified attorneys as well as candidate attorneys.

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Providing free legal advice and aid

In 1980, the Law Clinic was founded by students as a voluntary service for people who could not afford legal advice. From these humble beginnings, the Clinic grew to what it is today: an established and streamlined organisation that forms a valued part of the Faculty of Law, provides quality legal services to the indigent, and provides superior clinical legal education to final-year law students. The clients are people who would otherwise have been excluded from equitable justice.

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Legal support

Women's Legal Centre provides resources for discriminated women across many areas. We work to give help to girls and women on: violence against women, right to reproductive health care, help to recieve fair share of assets if going thru a divorce or separation, labor, land and housing and sex worker rights.

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Helping women to find the people, issues, resources and tools they need for social activism.

Women’sNet is a feminist org that works to advance gender equality and justice through the use of (ICTs). We provide training and facilitate content dissemination and creation that supports women, girls, and women’s and gender orgs and networks to take control of their own content and ICT use. Our website is a hub for information by women, about women and gender, and has a focus on SA and African content. We help women to find the people, issues, resources and tools they need for social activism.