Transformation of the Judiciary
Sonke is advocating for gender transformation in the judiciary. We believe that gender transformation in the judiciary involves the appointment of more women judges but also a commitment by all judges to the principles and values enshrined in our Constitution and, in particular, the principle of gender equality. To this end, we have successfully advocated for the particular appointment of appropriately qualified women to the bench. We have also engaged with the South African Judicial Education Institute to try understand what training judges receive in relation to gender issues and sexual offences and, together with the Democratic Governance and Rights Unit, we are also trying to understand what structural barriers impede women’s progress in the legal profession.