2003• Community Service Award
Barrister at Law, having been called to the Bar in London. England,
with an LLB from the University
of Western Ontario Canada and a Masters degree from the American University
of Beirut, Zubeida practised law briefly in South Africa, having pupilled
under the late Chief Justice of South Africa and subsequently in Canada
where she specialised in Pension Law.
was involved in a wide range of issues in South Africa including work
at the renowned Community Law Centre at the University of the Western Cape, senior
advisory work on retirement and pension issues, the South African Commission
on Gender Equality to which she was appointed by former President Mandela following
her nomination by a joint Committee of Parliament. She served on the Poverty
Commission hearings in Eastern Cape, appeared before Parliamentary committees
representing the Commission on Gender Equality.
Appointed by the Minister of Finance, she now serves as a quasi-judicial officer sitting on the Review Board of Special Pension, a statutory board that determines pension eligibility for those who were involved in the liberation struggle.
In South Africa Zubeida has participated in seminars and held workshops as a Gender Commissioner and in the North West in particular pertaining to pension education.
A highlight of her role as Gender Commissioner was the invitation from Pakistan to spend five days giving televised seminars for an audience of 20 million viewers to address gender issues in Urdu.
Zubeida, through her biography, establishes her dedication to public service and equality issues.
South African Women for Women is pleased to present Zubeida the Community Service award, in recognition of her work in Canada and South Africa on gender equity and anti-poverty issues.