The Young Woman Making Law Accessible to All

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S.H.E Legal Co, is a portal for young women in law and entrepreneurship started in 2014, by Founder & Director Monyana Tshiamiso.

Initially S.H.E Legal Co began as a blog under a different name in which Tshiamiso used as a space for her thoughts on socioeconomic issues with a law context, while studying law at the time.

The journey of S.H.E Legal Co was no smooth win, after struggling to grow her audience on the blog in the beginning, Tshiamiso decided to take another chance a little over a year ago and restructure the site into the fully-fledged portal you see today. It’s aimed at young women who have studied law, are studying law, working in law, and entrepreneurship but not limited to it.

Founder & Director Monyana Tshiamiso                  Photo: Provided

“We recognize that women are multifaceted, so we seek to bring that narrative to the forefront by featuring their journeys as the work in law and also in business. We are proud to have been consistent with regards to content creation, idea creating and growing our site. In future we hope to grow more, and reach other milestones,” Tshiamiso said.

Last month S.H.E Legal Co launched a campaign, Youth & Influence – cohesively commemorating youth month and young women in law. Anyone can be a part of She Legal Co by following their social media pages, which are a direct link to the site in itself.

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“It is important that our space be occupied by young women in law and entrepreneurship. Law doesn’t have just one way of working in it, so we are fortunate in that regard that women can be in law in different ways, so the stories and journeys are inspiring in different ways. I’m exactly what my site seeks to highlight. I had looked around for a space to co-exist as a young woman in law, but also, I had other passions and aspirations. I’m also a writer. So instead of existing on different platforms, I created one whereby you can be into different works but still exist as a woman in law, as opposed to just being considered one thing,” she said.

Tshiamiso continues to work in the legal industry, with her own goals she strives to achieve in her law career.

“I’d love to work more with Community Law Centres, as opposed to a big law firm. That’s just how I’ve always imagined my work to be, to empower people who don’t have easy access to legal resources. Instead of being just a blog, we formalized our company and registered it. That gives us room to grow this into so much more than just a website, we are responsible and held accountable to the information we share on our site” the S.H.E. Legal Co founder said.

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Tshiamiso describes herself as a person who has a deep sense of love for Africa. “I believe so much in its truest potential, and what Africa stands to contribute during its rise. I’m very much influenced by Bantu Steve Biko. So much if my identity is shaped by his writing. Black Consciousness saved my life. I’m very inquisitive. I like to know things, whatever it maybe. Sports, history – documentaries are my favourite pastime,” she added.

The 27-year-old doesn’t remember the exact moment when she wanted to become a lawyer but more of a calling that chose her and always had the instinct of knowing that was her life’s calling, especially growing up around the law profession.

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“I also was raised by a magistrate, haha but he never once encouraged me to go this route. It was just my choice, I remember seeing court documents growing up, and when I finally started volunteering at a Community Law Centre and I was younger, I was now able to draft the very same legal documents I saw growing up and I just felt fulfilled, as though am meant to be coming full circle,” said Tshiamiso.

In terms of entrepreneurship she remembers coming up with so many ideas growing up and always had the knack for starting things.

“My creativity always brought me to researching about women in business and it’s been so surprising to see myself evolve and bring to life some if the ideas I had as a young girl. They aren’t the same, but so similar in terms of what we have the potential to achieve,” she said.