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Biography

Ms. Urmila Bhoola, Special Rapporteur on Contemporary forms of slaveryUrmila Bhoola is a human rights lawyer working in the Asia Pacific on international human rights, gender equality and labour law. She is 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 of South Africa for five years. Her judicial appointment followed twenty years of work as a labour and human rights lawyer in South Africa. She has been an advisor to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on labour rights in the Asia Pacific region and was 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 has been visiting faculty at the Law School of the University of the Witwatersrand. In 2014 she was appointed UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary forms of slavery, its causes and consequences and continues to work as technical advisor on a number of projects of the ILO and the OHCHR