The legal fraternity is lagging behind on women empowerment. This emerged at the debut Woza Awards held in Sandton on Saturday night.

The awards recognise women who have blazed a trail in the legal practice.

Woza Awards founder, Rahana Parker, says that Woza, Zulu for “come along,” is for women to come together and create a platform for themselves in the legal fraternity.

Luminaries, such as Priscilla Jana and Senior Council Kgomotso Moroka, were presented with the Woza Directors and Pinnacle awards. Moroka was the first black woman silk while Jana represented dozens of political prisoners, including the Mandelas during apartheid.

Moroka says women still have it hard. She says patriarchy remains an issue in the legal field.