oa South African Human Rights Yearbook - Women's rights

Volume 8, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1354-3903



Although women comprise about 52% of the South African population1, it has been acknowledged that they constitute one of the most marginalised and vulnerable groups in this country. Our constitutional dispensation has provided the vehicle for legislative and judicial intervention for the progressive empowerment of women. It has also enabled women's groups to lobby around issues for the advancement of their rights. The years 1997 and 1998 have seen various legal developments to improve the position of women. Sadly, not all of these have had positive implications for them. In this chapter, we focus on some of the more distinctive developments which have affected women's rights directly or indirectly.

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