“I studied law, and was always interested in human rights and social justice, but I’ve moved away from practicing law and more into the advocacy space. That’s been both surprising and refreshing for me — knowing that there are so many ways to use the law for good.”
Sally Gandar is Head of advocacy and a legal advisor at the Scalabrini Centre — an organisation that fosters the cultural, social and economic integration of migrants, refugees and South Africans into local society. The centre is committed to alleviating poverty and promoting development in the Western Cape by providing assistance, and advocating respect for human rights, using a holistic approach that considers all basic needs.
She’s particularly driven by human connection and the creativity involved in advocacy work — how it can intersect with so many different parts of everyday life, from covering basic needs, to education programmes, fostering leadership skills, therapy programmes and so much more.
Being one of the Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans is particularly meaningful to her, as it’s a way for Gandar to amplify the voices of others who don’t have a platform of their own.
In the meantime, she’ll continue fighting for the better implementation of human rights — for a kinder South Africa, a more inclusive one, and one that respects the country’s diversity from all perspectives, whether in terms of queer individuals, refugees, migrants or asylum seekers.