Ending impunity for Violence against Woman Campaign
Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre (TLAC), People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA), Women’s Legal Centre (WLC), the Initiative for Strategic Legislation in Africa and Hlanganisa Institute For Development are working together to assist survivors and victims of violence against women, to hold the state accountable for its failure to protect them from violence. The project has a narrow remit, its focus is on the failure of the state to act with due diligence in preventing violations and responding effectively once violations have occurred.
Organisations using writing to tackle effects of GBV
Three organisations joined forces to emphasize writing as a means of empowerment and to tackle Violence Against Women and Girls on 3 August 2017. At a presentation at Hlanganisa Institute of Development offices in Parktown, POWA, Nisaa and New World Foundation spoke about the ways in which writing was being deployed as a powerful tool in a context of patriarchy and high levels of violence against women and girls. For women involved as contributors to the writing projects, writing was part of the process of taking back power over their lives. Participants (who are also featured in books produced by the organisations) also spoke at the event. They highlighted the transformative effects of working with words, deep individual reflection and collective processing. POWA – one of the first to use such writing projects – noted how some women, in order to process the trauma of rape, preferred an alternative to counselling. New World Foundation described how, in one instance, participation in the writing process caused conflict in the home but how this eventually led to a reconciliation and a better relationship between a participant and her son. Nisaa emphasized the particular challenges and opportunities of working with young women; some young women dropped out while others continued to tell their own stories and – in some cases – a sustained passion for writing. The following publications were featured at the event: Women Surviving Lavender Hill (New World Foundation); We Are Those Girls and Rising Up, Moving On (Nisaa), and; Love and Revolution and New Dawn (Powa)