SAWLA welcomes you


The South African Women Lawyers Association (SAWLA) was established on
7 May 2006 to provide a dialogue and professional networking forum for South African Women in Legal Careers.

SAWLA seeks to provide a forum to enable women lawyers to empower themselves and participate in national policy dialogues concerning the Transformation of the Legal Sector.
SAWLA also seeks to provide a vehicle for women lawyers to contribute to the expansion of access to justice, particularly to women, children and other historically marginalized groups.

The birth of SAWLA was facilitated by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DoJ&CD), in response to an identified gap in women’s participation in decision making and policy dialogues in the sector.
The decision to form SAWLA was taken at a National Indaba on South African Women in Law attended by no less than 1000 women lawyers and paralegals from all over South Africa.
The National Indaba was coordinated by a multi-stakeholder committee comprising of organisations such as NADEL, BLA, AFT, LSSA, BWLO which was convened by the DoJ&CD.

SAWLA is a non – governmental organisation founded on a Constitution and registered as an NPO, with the Department of Social Development. SAWLA currently has a national membership of about 900 women lawyers including, Judges, Magistrates, Attorneys, Candidate Attorneys, Advocates, Sate Law Advisors, Corporate Lawyers, Prosecutors, Law Lectures, Law students and Paralegals.
It has launched branches in all 9 Provinces in the country and has Provincial Executive Committees. SAWLA operates on a programme of action based on the needs of its members, conference resolutions and organisations objectives.

Key on its programme SAWLA seeks to address and ensure, amongst others,

  • Economic empowerment of women lawyers

  • Participation in decision making and policy dialogues

  • Representation in leadership positions in the Profession

  • Capacity to research and write law

  • Interaction and networking with each other and other entities and institutions in business and other disciplines

  • Access to Justice for all South Africans

  • Celebrating and exhibiting of women who have contributed in the entrenchment of human rights-based government in South Africa

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