About Us

about Sawla

The South African Women Lawyer Association (SAWLA) is a voluntary, non-profit and non-political organization of women lawyers which was established in 2006 by the then Minister of Justice, Ms Brigitte Mabandla in consultation with a group of women legal minds.

SAWLA is a networking forum for women in legal careers and aims to promote access to justice, advocacy for advancement of women, professional and leadership development and contribute to national and international dialogue.

The membership of the organization includes judges, magistrates, attorneys, candidate attorneys, advocates, State Law Advisors, corporate lawyers, prosecutors, academics, law students and paralegals. SAWLA has branches in all nine provinces.


We seek to empower and advance women lawyers by articulating their interests and facilitating transformation in the legal services sector and broader society to promote gender equality.


A leading women lawyers organization to advance the promotion of gender equality and human right in the legal services sector and society.