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[ADVOCACY] SERI and Abahlali's Women's League host a workshop to mark 16 Days of Activism against GBV (30 November 2023).

AbM SERI GBV and evictions workshop 26 NovOn Sunday, 26 November, SERI supported a workshop led by Abahlali baseMjondolo’s Women’s League. The workshop marked the start of 16 days of activism against gender-based violence (GBV) and was attended by approximately 26 women from the around Johannesburg area.

The motivation behind the workshop stemmed from the reality that despite the provisions of South Africa's Constitution, many people still face the threat of tenure security and unlawful evictions which exacerbates the vulnerability of women living in contexts lacking secure tenure. In terms of the scourge of gender-based violence, SERI's focus for the 16 Days of Activism has been to engage with women particularly on the issue of  GBV with a focus on the workplace, in light of SERI's work on domestic work. Many women find themselves vulnerable to sexual harassment and other forms of GBV both in the workplace and in the home.

In the workshop, SERI facilitated a session entitled, “How can you defend your land using the Constitution of South Africa”. Another session in the workshop was held on sexual harassment and gender-based violence both generally and in the workplace which was followed by a discussion among the workshop participants. This workshop took place as part of SERI's Women’s Spaces Project.

[ADVOCACY] SERI, Izwi Domestic Workers Alliance and Hlanganisa Community Fund host workshop on gender-based violence in the workplace for domestic workers (29 November 2023).

SERI IZWI Hlanganisa GBworkshop

As part of the SERI's Women’s Spaces Project, SERI, together with Izwi Domestic Worker Alliance and Hlanganisa Community Fund hosted an in-person workshop on gender-based violence (GBV) in the workplace on Saturday, 18 November 2023. The focus of the workshop was on the experiences of domestic workers who experience GBV in their place of employment.

The workshop was attended by 24 domestic workers from different areas and backgrounds including both the inner-city as well as informal settlements. The workshop aimed to facilitate meaningful discussion, spread awareness as well as to connect the domestic workers to reporting avenues and identifying more conspicuous forms of gender-based violence that domestic workers could find themselves vulnerable to when working in someone else’s home. The various sessions covered in the workshop were held on defining gender-based violence in the employment context, personal stories and experiences as well as where and how to report instances of GBV.

 

 

 

[ADVOCACY] SERI hosts urban agriculture workshop with Mazingira Institute (27 November 2023).

Mazingira Institute workshop

On 17 November 2023, SERI, in collaboration with the Mazingira Institute hosted a virtual training workshop on urban agriculture. The workshop forms part of SERI's work under the Women’s Spaces Project.

The workshop focused on crop production, and focused specifically on starting a successful vegetable garden. This session included training on skills for managing soil, systems of irrigation, and the use of organic pesticides as a cheaper alternative for managing plants and crops. The workshop was attended by 22 residents from Slovo Park Informal Settlement, the majority of whom were women.

 

 

 

[ADVOCACY] SERI collaborates with CAOSA to host a Women’s Spaces workshop on Succession Law, Wills and the State of RDP houses (24 November 2023).

Succession.jpegOn 26 October 2023, SERI collaborated with CAOSA to conduct a day-long Women's Spaces workshop at Mandelaville Crisis Centre in Roodepoort. The workshop aimed to educate participants on issues concerning succession and inheritance of estates/properties. Additionally, it provided insights into the significance of creating Wills and the process of making one. Furthermore, attendees were guided through the qualification requirements and application procedures for RDP houses. Approximately 39 participants, mostly women, attended the workshop.

Throughout the day, various sessions covered topics such as the different succession rules under the Intestate Succession Act 81 of 1987, the Wills Act, and an introduction to matrimonial property systems applicable in South Africa. Another session focused on the processes, criteria, and applications for RDP houses in urban areas.

Despite the clarity of laws governing estate/property succession, the majority of South Africans remain unfamiliar with the rules that dictate the dis
tribution of their property after death. Lack of knowledge about succession and inheritance not only contributes to family disputes but also poses a threat to an individual's secure tenure. For many women, these threats to tenure security are heightened due to gender biases, making them vulnerable to eviction from external sources and even from within their households.

This workshop forms part of the Women’s Spaces project at SERI which focuses on women’s rights to land and housing in sub-Saharan Africa. The project is supported by Rooftops Canada.

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[JOB OPPORTUNITY] SERI seeks to hire an In-House Counsel (10 November 2023).

The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI) invites applications for the post of In-House Counsel/Advocate.

The SERI Law Clinic has a first-rate human rights practice, which encompasses constitutional and administrative law, criminal defence, defamation, labour law, property law, contract law (insofar as it involves consumer protection) and actions against the police and other delictual claims. SERI concentrates its work in South Africa’s townships, informal settlements, the Johannesburg inner city and other poor and marginalised communities. SERI’s practitioners appear regularly at all levels of the courts system, up to and including the Constitutional Court. SERI has an enviable track record in obtaining and enforcing ground-breaking judgments. You can find out more about SERI on www.seri-sa.org.

Reporting to the Director of Litigation, the advocate will be expected to develop a litigation practice across a wide range of work in all of SERI’s thematic areas, encompassing trial, motion and appeal work, including criminal, constitutional, administrative, labour, property and delictual matters. 

He or she will be engaged in arguing and presenting cases in court on behalf of SERI and its clients and give legal opinions and help with drafting of legal documents related to SERI’s work or interest. He or she will also be expected to mentor and train SERI’s junior attorneys and candidate attorneys.

The requirements for the position are as follows –

  • Admission as an advocate of the High Court of South Africa and membership of any Bar. 
  • Interest in, and prior engagement with, constitutional law and human rights, especially in the areas of work in which SERI is active.
  • Excellent skills at legal drafting and in presenting and arguing cases in court. 
  • Experience of practice in the Supreme Court of Appeal and Constitutional Court will be an added advantage.
  • Experience in the training and mentorship of junior lawyers will be an added advantage.
  • Fluency in one or more of South Africa’s indigenous languages will be an added advantage.

The salary for this post will be in the region of R500,000 per annum for employment on a 60% part-time basis (3 days per week). The appointment will be for a fixed term of 2 years.  

If you are interested in this post, please send a CV, together with a covering letter to Princess Nkuna at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In your covering letter, please specify why you’re interested in this post. Please also provide a detailed explanation of why you are interested in working for SERI in particular, and what qualities and experience you would bring to the post. 

Generalised covering letters, which do not engage with SERI’s activities and purpose, will not be considered. The closing date for applications is 7 December 2023. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted, and will be expected to make themselves available for interview in December 2023 or early January 2024. 

  • Download a PDF version of the advert here.