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We are a not for profit specialist community legal centre

Who we are

We are a not for profit community legal centre providing legal advice, support and advocacy to WA women experiencing disadvantage.

Our name has recently changed to better reflect what we do. However, our purpose has always remained the same. Since beginning operation in 2002, we have been WA’s only specialist community legal centre for women.

We are funded to assist women facing disadvantage and focus on helping women who experience additional barriers in accessing legal services. We provide legal knowledge and information to empower women to make informed legal choices.

Through our legal services and community legal education we raise awareness of legal issues affecting women, as well as educate women so they can make informed decisions about what is right for them and their families.

Additionally, we undertake policy development and law reform activities to ensure that the needs and rights of marginalised women are adequately acknowledged, represented and met.

We work to promote a legal system that is safe, supportive, non-discriminatory and responsive to the needs of all women in our community, particularly those who face disadvantage.

We believe that just and fair outcomes, as well as access to justice and support when needed, should not be dependent on gender.

Through the above and our collaboration with like-minded service providers and networks, we work to highlight the systemic and entrenched cultural issues which unfairly impact on women.

Our Mission

Educate women to know their legal rights

Support women in gaining equitable access to information, advice and advocacy

Assist women to achieve fair outcomes

Empower women to make informed legal choices

Our Values

JUSTICE – We strive to achieve access to justice and just outcomes for women

EQUALITY – We promote gender equality and cultural diversity

INTEGRITY – We value and uphold honesty, professionalism and dedication

LEADERSHIP  – We drive policy and law reform to redress gender entrenched inequality

RESPECT  – We treat our clients and our colleagues with care and dignity

 

Watch our new promotional video which explains more about Women’s Legal Service WA and why we are here to help WA women. 

The latest news & insights

16 Days, 16 Stories – Tameka Brown

29 November 2019 News

We are proud to announce our Senior Solicitor for Djinda Service, Tameka Brown was chosen as one of the featured stories as part of the 16 days, 16 stories series.  This story series was put together by the Centre for Stories and the WA State Library for the 16 days in WA campaign to stop violence against women. We encourage …

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Farewell Carrie

28 November 2019 News

After almost four years of dedicated service to achieving just outcomes for women across WA, our Senior Executive Officer Carrie Hannington has left WLSWA as of Friday 22nd November.  Carrie has been a fierce advocate for women’s justice and her leadership has been greatly valued by all.  The Board and staff of WLSWA wish Carrie the very best in her …

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