Durban — The South African Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges (SAC-IAWJ), in collaboration with the University of South Africa (Unisa) and the Department of Women, Youth and People with Disabilities (DWYPD), will be hosting its 16th conference and annual general Meeting (AGM) in Pretoria from Friday 5 to Sunday, August 7.
The event, which takes place during Women’s Month, will be held under the theme: “Empowerment as a Tool to Fight Gender-Based Violence #Breaking Barriers and Bias”.
It will be attended by key jurists and academics who will participate in the activities and pertinent discussions planned over the three-day event.
President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to deliver the keynote address where the SAC-IAWJ will confer the SAC-IAWJ Women Pioneers in the Judiciary Award to the newly appointed Deputy Chief Justice Designate of South Africa, Justice Mandisa Muriel Lindelwa Maya, the first woman jurist to be appointed to this position in the history of South Africa.
Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola, the Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and People with Disabilities, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Unisa principal and vice-chancellor Professor Puleng LenkaBula, University of Venda chancellor advocate Mojanku Gumbi and Tshwane University of Technology former chancellor Dr G Ramokgopa are expected to also attend and participate in the programme.
Day two and three of the conference will be dedicated to intensive discussions by jurists and academics in attendance on a variety of critical topics aligned to the main theme. The Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa, Justice Raymond MM Zondo, will deliver the keynote address on the second day of the conference.