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MOSAIC: Social Worker

MOSAIC Training, Service and Healing Centre for Women (MOSAIC), is a nonprofit organisation that provides a holistic range of services to persons affected by gender-based violence. MOSAIC was established in 1993 to assist female victims of domestic violence. Since then, the organisation has expanded and now assists victims of domestic and sexual violence and their families. MOSAIC’s programmes include: Court Support, Social Services, MenCare+, Sexual Violence and Sexual Reproductive Health.

Time for Action to End GBV

I recently attended a gender-based violence (GBV) meeting convened by the United Nations Economic Commission on Africa (UNECA) in Zambia, where I presented Gender Links’ (GL) research findings on violence against women. I listened to comments from the floor with growing anxiety. One male participant kept alluding to the violence that men experience at the hands of their female partners. But, let us face it: this is about proportion and need. The time for political correctness and endless discussions about how to address GBV is over.
 

It is in Our Hands

Mark the dates: 24 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children) through to International Human Rights Day on 10 December. In total: 16 Days! Imagine if, but if for only 16 days, there would have been no rape, no child abuse, no sexual harassment and no emotional abuse. Within the South African context, 16 Days of Activism has been declared against this scourge, which is hastingly eroding our very social fabric.

Rape of Mentally-Ill Woman Slammed

Gauteng community safety, MEC Faith Mazibuko, has expressed shock at the rape of a 47-year old mentally ill Soweto woman.
 
In a press statement, Mazibuko, states that, "No stone will be left unturned in the criminal justice system to bring the perpetrator to book."
 
She says her department is providing medical and legal assistance and counselling for the victim through Ikhaya Lethemba, a centre for abused women and children.
 

Call for Entries: POWA Women’s Writing Project

People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA) is a feminist, women’s rights organisation that provides both services, and engages in advocacy in order to ensure the realisation of women’s rights and thereby improve women’s quality of life. POWA’s uniqueness as an organisation is in providing both services to survivors and engaging in advocacy using a feminist and intersectional analysis. Their work is rooted in the belief that change can only be said to be effective when women’s lives are directly improved through their interventions.

A Safe Shelter for a Rape Survivor and Her Children

“Today God has wiped away the tears that I have shed since I was a small child,” *Nomusa (not her real name) said sobbing, as she received house keys from Donna Cino, a World Vision sponsor from Canada.

For the first time, Nomusa and her three children will own a home, thanks to Cino and her friends who through World Vision raised funds to build the house.

Social Media, Rape Culture, and How Women Fight Back

The recent suspension and dismissal of FHM editor, Max Barashenkov, and editorial assistant, Montle Moorosi, for having made a joke out of ‘corrective rape’ on the former’s Facebook page, come at a point at which the border between our public and private lives is not only blurred by our participation in social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), but in an age where violence against women has run rampant.

Call for Policies on Sexual Misconduct

The Commission on Gender Equality (CGE) says that workplaces need to develop policies to protect men and women from sexual misconduct.
 
In a press statement, the commission calls on all places of employment to be vigilant by developing and creating policies that ensure that workplaces are safe for women and men of our country.
 
The commission, which was reacting to the recent allegation of rape against Congress of South African Trade Unions general-secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi, is calling for an end to sexual misconduct in the workplace.
 

Zozo’s Friends Call for Action

The friends of slain lesbian, Duduzile Zozo, made themselves heard at the Thokoza police station on the East Rand, demanding an update on the murder investigation.
 
While confronting patrolling police officers outside the deceased's house, Zozo's friend Bianca Laban said: "It is b…*t that the perpetrators are still walking the streets after killing our friend."
 
Activist, Jabu Pereira, says more effort was needed from government to ensure the safety of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the country.
 

Counting the Costs: The Long-Term Costs of Not Adequately Financing Shelters for Abused Women

Jennifer was 18 years old when she married Chris. Soon after their marriage, Chris began to beat her and verbally and emotionally abused her. One night, in a drunken rage, Chris woke their sons, aged 12 and 13, at 3 o’clock in the morning and ordered them to light a fire for a braai. It was a bitterly cold night and the boys sat shivering, trying to light the fire while Jennifer tried to lull her husband back to sleep by gently stroking his head. Eventually, he fell asleep but awoke after an hour. In a rage, he turned on Jennifer and started hitting her.

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