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On Tuesday 14 November WLC will be a respondent before the Constitutional Court and will be requesting the Court to confirm the extended relief granted by the High Court, holding that both child and adult survivors of all sexual offences have an unrestricted right to have these offences prosecuted, irrespective of the time that has lapsed between the commission of the offence and the date of the complaint. For more information http://www.wlce.co.za/levenstein/#more-1755
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The Women’s Legal Centre, an African feminist organization, strongly condemns the statements made by Mr. Nabih-Al-Wahsh, a lawyer by profession.

Earlier this week, Mr. Al-Wahsh, on Egyptian National Television, proclaimed that it was the patriotic duty of Egyptians to sexually harass women and their national duty to rape women who did not dress modestly. (See: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/egypt-lawyer-rape-girls-revealing-clothing-ripped-jeans-nabih-al-wahsh-a8030831.html

His statement militates against decades of hard-won battles by feminist lawyers across the world in the struggle against violence against women. His statement undoubtedly amounts to an incitement to violate women’s bodies and their integrity and has no place in civilized society.

We decry this statement and call upon the International Bar Association, the Pan African Lawyers Association, the Egyptian Lawyers Association to forthwith institute disciplinary proceedings against Mr. Al-Wahsh and remove him from their rolls. We also call upon our colleagues in various Egyptian feminist collectives to institute criminal proceedings against Mr. Al-Wahsh for his incendiary statements.
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The Women's Legal Centre is deeply troubled and concerned by the arrests of our colleagues from ISLA and CHESA on Tuesday 17 & 20 October 2017. Tanzania's Constitution enshrines the right to seek legal redress when fundamental rights have been violated. The arrested parties were engaged in a legal consultation and there is therefore no legal basis for the continued detention. We must vigorously protect the rights of individuals to access the courts and legal representation. Lawyers must be able to provide legal services free from any forms of persecution. The Women's Legal Centre stands in solidarity with our colleagues in South Africa and Tanzania and demand their immediate release. Below is a media statement issued by ISLA and CHESA regarding the arrests. WLC has written a letter to the Attorney General of Tanzania, the Chairperson of African Commission on Human and People's Rights as well as the South African High Commissioner in Dar es Salaam calling on them to intervene and stop the ongoing detention. Read the media statement issued here http://bit.ly/2l3dOO6
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Parliament must dismiss Mr Mduduzi Manana as an MP, to send a clear message that violence against women will not be tolerated http://bit.ly/2vKA1jR
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Listen to our director Seehaam Samaai talk about why Muslim marriages matter. Equality for All #recognisereligiousmarriages http://bit.ly/2w4kUUx
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Op-Ed: Manana’s attack on women highlights why impunity must end http://bit.ly/2fuQma2
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Great article on Daily Maverick by our director Seeham Samaai titled "Constitutional Court farm eviction ruling reinforces apartheid spatial violence". Read it here http://bit.ly/2vaOrhk
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