For the month of August, we put together a special Instagram campaign to honour and pay tribute to the heroes of Gender-Based Violence by sharing their stories.
In our efforts to do so, we partnered up with 16 credible organizations that are working tirelessly to fight the many issues women and children are faced with within the country. We also teamed up with 50 women illustrators from the local creative space, who were each tasked to recreate a portrait of one of our 50 GBV Heroes who were nominated by the organizations (see each illustration and the illustrators on our Instagram page).
Located within the residential areas of its target group, Ilitha Labantu provides easily accessible services to gender-based violence (GBV) survivors and the broader community. The organisation strives to end violence and abuse against women and children in disadvantaged communities by providing emotional support, practical advice, education, and training for coping with and addressing violence against women and children. They utilize interactive and inclusive methodologies in their education and empowerment programs.
St. Mary’s Home of Hope.
The organisation provides a temporary safe home for victims of abuse, social welfare services to the victim and perpetrator, creates jobs and rehabilitation opportunities, mediation for family reunification and reintegration into society. It also provides in-depth counselling to survivors, life skills coaching and skills training programs in partnership with organizations such as SAPS, Mosaic, Famsa, and Department of Social Development.
St. Mary’s Home of Hope provides services to the perpetrator and facilitate the process of family mediation and reunification or alternatively assist the survivor with the legal procedures for separation.
Khwezi Women’s Support Centre
Khwezi Women’s Support Centre is a non-governmental organisation based in a small rural town of Cathcart situated in the Eastern Cape. The core purpose of IWSC is to fight women’s subordination, specifically gender-based violence as well as HIV and AIDS pandemic. This is done through awareness-raising workshops and campaigns, advice and information, lobbying and advocacy for policy change and implementation, training and capacity building in relevant skills.
Injano Projects is an NPO established in 2015 that renders services such as an anti-bullying project, an incest survivor project, and an LGBTIAQ+ support project. Injabulo Anti-Bullying Project is the catalytic project in Injabulo Projects and its aims are to create a safe space, eliminate bullying of learners in schools, and to create referral networks with other organisations. IABP Services include Workshops, tutoring, academic open day (Assist Grade 12’s apply to tertiary institutions), IABP Restore Dignity Pad Drive, Arts and Culture, 24/7 support via Whatsapp, and referral services.
Their vision and mission includes creating a society free of violence against women where women and children enjoy their full human rights, and eradicating violence against women and reduce the HIV infection rates in order to achieve a healthy, safe, secure, responsible and supportive society for all women and girl children.
Offering a hand-up instead of a hand-out Sisters Incorporated aims to help every woman, teenager, and child in crisis heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Through the eyes of a fictional female survivor.
With a history spanning over 60 years in Cape Town, Sisters Incorporated has evolved from being a refuge for single mothers into a safe haven caring for women and their children from all walks of life.
Teddy Bear Foundation
Teddy Bear Foundation is an organization working with children and their families. Their vision is that children will no longer be abused, and aim to eradicate this by providing efficient and professional services that effectively promote their healing and stop abuse. This translates into a mission to minimize any secondary harm to children and their families upon them entering the child protection system.
TEARS Foundation, founded in 2012, is a registered NPO and PBO that uses technology innovatively in the scourge against domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse.
It is responsible for the sourcing and collating of a data-base comprised of a fully comprehensive network of services; medical, medico-legal, legal and psychological, currently available throughout South Africa, for the assistance and support of survivors of rape and sexual abuse.
Lawyers Against Abuse
Lawyers against Abuse is an organization that aims to provide holistic legal and psychosocial support to victims of gender-based violence and to facilitate systemic change through strategic engagement with state actors and the communities in which they serve. Through community workshops and outreach initiatives, they seek to educate and empower individuals to challenge and change the attitudes and behaviours that lead to violence.
The Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children
The Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children (SBCWC ) is a one-stop centre for women and children who are survivors of abuse. Our vision is the creation of a safe and secure society and a human rights culture where women and children are empowered to exercise their full rights. The services they provide for women and their children who experience domestic and/or sexual violence include safe accommodation, childcare services, counseling, and mental health support, job skills training, legal advice, and much more.
IHATA Shelter is a small registered Non-Profit Organisation and Section 21 Company that runs a humble shelter for abused, abandoned and battered women with their young children in Heideveld, Cape Town.
Originally named IRFSA (Islamic Resource Foundation of South Africa), it started out in 2006 as the only islamic shelter for abused women in the entire Western Cape but was later called IHATA, which means relief, in order to dispel the perception that the shelter only offered sanctuary to muslim women.
Sonke Gender Justice
Sonke Gender Justice is a non-partisan, non-profit organisation, established in 2006. Today, it has established a growing presence on the African continent and plays an active role internationally. The organisation works to create the change necessary for men, women, young people and children to enjoy equitable, healthy and happy relationships that contribute to the development of just and democratic societies. Sonke pursues this goal across Southern Africa by using a human rights framework to build the capacity of government, civil society organisations and citizens to achieve gender equality, prevent gender-based violence and reduce the spread of HIV and the impact of AIDS.
They believe that women and men, girls and boys can work together to resist patriarchy, advocate for gender justice and achieve gender transformation.