In South Africa, as a member of the Women's National Coalition, she contributed to the inclusion of the equality clause in the Constitution that prohibits discrimination on grounds of race, gender, religion and sexual orientation. She co-founded Equality Now, an international women's rights organization, and has been involved with other organizations working on issues relating to children, detainees, victims of torture and domestic violence as well as economic, social and cultural rights.
Pillay received a bachelor of arts degree and a bachelor of laws degree from Natal University South Africa. She also holds a master of law and a doctorate of juridical science from Harvard University. She has two daughters.
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