Sibongile Ndashe

Lawyer, Equality

Holds a B.Proc and LLB from the University of the Western Cape (1994-1998) and was admitted to practice as an attorney in 2001. She has worked as a candidate attorney for the Legal Resources Centre (1999-2000), as a researcher at the South African Constitutional Court (2001) and as an attorney at the Women’s Legal Centre, a public interest law centre that conducts litigation on women’s constitutional rights (2002-2007).  She joined INTERIGHTS in March 2007. Her focus includes women’s rights where she works with lawyers who pursue constitutional challenges in their national courts. She co-represents parties before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. She also works on gender identity and sexual orientation where she works with lawyers in developing litigation strategies to protect the rights of people discriminated because of their gender identity and sexual orientation. Her work also includes presenting litigation seminars called ‘litigation surgeries’ where lawyers are given an opportunity to discuss their cases with other lawyers who litigate on similar issues. She has presented, lectured, written and published in mainstream media and academic publications on these areas. Particular interest: intersectional discrimination, gender and sex discrimination.  Languages: English, Siswati, Zulu and Xhosa and good knowledge of Xhitsonga. Email Sibongile at

Related links
'The battle for the recognition of LGBTI rights as human rights', Perspectives. Political Analysis and Commentary from Africa 04/2010 Struggle for equality: Sexual orientation, gender identity and human rights in Africa, The Heinrich Böll Foundation Southern Africa