Shereen Mills lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. She studied law at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 1993.

She worked as a Supervising Attorney at the Wits Law Clinic, at the University of the Witwatersrand Law School for four years, conducting public interest and other litigation for the poor, specialising in labour law and women’s rights, in particular child maintenance, sexual harassment, domestic violence and child abuse cases. She also co-ordinated and taught the Practical Legal Studies course.

She moved to the Gender Research Programme of the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) at the University of the Witswatersrand in March 1998. In the same year, she was the recipient of the Maria Pia Gratton Award, a Fellowship to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in the United States, where she spent a year doing postgraduate work on postcolonial, feminist and African-American women’s literature, and creative writing. In July 1999 she was re-employed as a researcher at the CALS Gender Research Programme, where she is still employed.

She has been concerned with race and gender equality, in particular black women’s socio-economic inequality. In 1998 she co-ordinated the Employment Equity Alliance (a national coalition of NGO’s and civil society) on the Employment Equity Act and made submissions to Parliament on the legislation. She was involved in the drafting of the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act 4 of 2000, as well as contributing to a textbook on the Act. She also participated in drafting the University of the Witwatersrand Employment Equity Plan in 2000. In 2003 she completed an LLM at Wits, analysing the rights of marginal or atypical workers under South African labour law.

Her current work involves research, advocacy, and strategic litigation on violence against women and children (specifically domestic violence, femicide and abused women who kill, and rape), gender equality, poverty and women’s access to justice. She has published papers and research reports on various aspects of gender and the law, and has made submissions to government on legislation. She has been involved as amicus curiae in a number of groundbreaking cases involving gender based violence. She also teaches a component of the Gender and the Law course at the Wits Law School.

She currently sits on the Board of the Gender Equity and Training Network (GETNET) in Cape Town, and also acts as trustee of a number of other NGO’s.

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