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Women Judges in South Africa: Breaking Barriers & Biases


Group photo in front of a building
Group photo of conference participants with the Chief Justice and Deputy Chief Justice of South Africa in front of the Winnie Madikizela-Mandela building at UNISA.

The South African Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges (SAC-IAWJ) just concluded its 16th annual conference and annual general meeting at the University of South Africa (UNISA) in Pretoria, South Africa, held from August 5-7, 2022, under the theme "Empowerment as a tool to fight gender-based violence: Breaking barriers and biases." Presentations covered a plethora of topics but focused on the societal, structural, and institutional challenges that converge to perpetuate gender-based violence (GBV) against women, sexual minorities, and persons living with disabilities. Presentations were made on the role of different actors such as the government, and civil society, the role of research a