Judiciary filled with sexism - judge

2012-08-31 09:19

Johannesburg - Women who want to become judges face an uphill battle in a judiciary that is still challenged by sexism, said Judge Kathy Satchwell in The Star newspaper on Friday.

"There's a lot of sexism. If you are a woman you have to go on a course to become a judge but a man can simply serve as an acting judge and apply for the job," Satchwell said.

The judge was speaking with a group of University of Witwatersrand law students on Thursday.

"Management of the judiciary is sexist. If a man had been an attorney for 18 years and a woman for 18 years, a woman is sent for this course and a man simply applies for the job," Satchwell said.

"I think those people who thought there should be courses for women maybe haven't worked with a lot of women."

  • stirrer.stirrer - 2012-08-31 09:47

    Judge Kathy, your statements are in itself sexist.

      beertjie.peertjie - 2012-08-31 11:58

      How so? How can a statement, which basically implies that females should be treated the same way as males, be sexist?

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-08-31 09:51

    in a country where the Prez has 5 wives and sires kids with every willing woman (out of wedlock) what else did you expect???

      Linds - 2012-08-31 10:21

      @Danny, don't be silly now. The Judiciary has been like this long before Zuma became president. How old are you to make such a silly statement?

  • Linds - 2012-08-31 10:15

    The judge is 100%. Women have to work twice as hard as men to gain the same level of recognition. The same is true for black professionals. They have to work twice as hard as their white colleagues for the same recognition. Women and black are assumed to be incompetent, even before they start work.

      bryan.culross - 2012-08-31 10:38

      There is affirmation action for women so your statement is not really correct. A lot of women who NOT have their positions were it not for the fact that they were woman ... I wud say the ABSA CEO (coupled with her political connections) is one example.

      Linds - 2012-08-31 10:54

      Yes EE is trying to create a balance, but in reality scales are still tipped against women and black people. When you board a local flight piloted by 2 women, most people will feel uneasy. The same feeling will occur if both pilots are black. In fact there are many documented incidents of white passengers refusing to board a flight with a black captain. Especially in the mid 1990s.

  • Linds - 2012-08-31 10:18

    Women are also usually paid less than men, for the same job. Just as blacks are usually paid less than whites for the same job.

  • neville.chamberlain.509 - 2012-08-31 10:30

    That would be because we are still living in a misogynist society in Africa

      LaurenH - 2012-08-31 11:32

      That would be because we are still living in a misogynist world.

  • bryan.culross - 2012-08-31 10:36

    Go to the Family Courts and see how sexist the judiciary is (against men) ... our Constitution is also sexist ... why is there a Women's Day and NOT a Man's Day?

      Linds - 2012-08-31 10:58

      Because as society we need to reaffirm the previously disadvantaged groups (which include white women).

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