Justice and Women (JAW) was started in Pietermaritzburg as a project run in partnership by 2 non-governmental organisations, Family and Marriage Society of South Africa (FAMSA) and Black Sash.

JAW was established to support women access justice, in particular maintenance and domestic violence orders, through the Pietermaritzburg Magistrates Court. In 2011, in response to funding constraints, JAW set up a project in Mthonjaneni/Melmoth in the King Cetshwayo District of KZN. The rural area around Melmoth is part of the Ingonyama Trust and King Zwelithini is the sole beneficiary. He entrusts the land to Traditional leaders, who manage communities according to customary values and practices. The JAW project sought to empower women in these areas to access their rights to equality, freedom from violence and bodily integrity.