Urmila Bhoola

Position held: 
National Director

Urmila Bhoola has worked internationally on human rights, gender equality and labour law. She was Executive Director of International Women’s Rights Action Watch for the Asia Pacific (IWRAW AP), which monitors compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). She served as a Judge of the Labour Court prior to her resignation to take up her international role, and her judicial appointment followed twenty years of work as a labour and human rights lawyer in South Africa. She was the Chief Legal Drafter of South Africa’s Employment Equity Act, designed to redress disadvantages caused by apartheid.

She has also served as a Member of the Competition Tribunal, appointed to regulate compliance with South Africa’s Competition Act, and taught part time at the Law School of the University of the Witwatersrand. She has worked as technical advisor to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on labour rights in the Asia Pacific and Sub-Saharan Africa region, and to Terre des Hommes Netherlands on advancing the rights of girls in six East African and South Asian countries. She is currently the UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary forms of slavery, its causes and consequences and reports to the UN Human Rights Council and the General Assembly on slavery issues.