Launch of the 2019 Womens Pioneer Programme
On Saturday 30 March, the 2019 cohort of students for the Womens Pioneer Programme (WPP) gathered at Cape Town Regional Court for the launch of the progamme.
This programme is funded by the Norwegian embassy and has been running since 2015. The objectives of the programme are to provide women LLB students with exposure to practical accepts of law, leadership skills and mentoring opportunities. In conjunction with the South African Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges (SAC-IAWJ), the 34 students from UCT and UWC will each be assigned mentors who are magistrates and who will engage with them during the course of the year. The programme for the year includes actual court exposure with their assigned magistrates, a leadership training weekend, a workshop on sexual harassment and a visit to the Huis Vredelhus Youth Care Centre for Girls amongst others.
The launch was attended by senior women magistrates and included a keynote from Magistrate Sabrina Sonnenberg who presides at the Belville Specialised Criminal Court. She emphasized the need for the students to use the mentorship opportunity wisely and encouraged them to pursue their dreams, no matter how big they are. The launch was also an opportunity to thank now former senior Magistrate, Cathy Page who was instrumental in setting up the mentoring programme when it started. We wished her well as she embarks on her new journey in private practice.
Other magistrates present included Magistrate Sylvia Mandla from the Wynberg Magistrate Court, Magistrate Lindiwe Gura of the Khayelitsha and senior Magistrate Anthia Ramos of the Kuilsriver Court.