President and Dean Penelope (Penny) Andrews delivered a talk at The South African Consulate General in New York City on Aug. 16 during an event commemorating South Africa's National Women's Month. Dean Andrews began her tenure as the law school's 17th dean last month.
South Africa's National Women's Month, in August, is a celebration and observance of South African women's commitment to justice and equality, as well as their bravery in the face of an oppressive Apartheid regime. On Aug. 9, 1956, 20,000 women of all races marched to Pretoria, South Africa, to protest against the carrying of restrictive identification documents known as passes.
The South African Consul General to New York, Hon. George Monyemangene, also made remarks at the event.
Dean Andrews grew up in apartheid South Africa, fighting for equal rights. An annual award in her name—The Penelope E. Andrews Human Rights Award—is given by the South African law school at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. In 2005 she was a finalist for a vacancy on the Constitutional Court of South Africa, the highest court on the country’s constitutional matters.
In addition to teaching and conducting legal scholarship around the world, Dean Andrews has consulted for the U.N. Development Fund for Women, and for the Ford Foundation in Johannesburg, where she evaluated labor law programs. She earned her B.A. and LL.B. from the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa, and her LL.M. from Columbia University School of Law.