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Former Domestic Abuse Victim Empowers Women in Similar Situations

Through a journalist fellowship associated to their “Enhancing State Responsiveness to Gender-Based Violence: Paying the True Costs” EU-funded project, HBF and the National Shelter Movement of South Africa raise awareness of domestic violence and the importance of shelter services to survivors.  In this article, Health E-News citizen journalist Lindiwe Msibi, tells the story of one courageous woman who survived being shot and stabbed by her abusive husband and how she, and her children, found the reprieve they needed through various shelters for women.
By Lindiwe Msibi

Domestic Violence, Rape & Ritual Killings Plague Vhembe

In this article, Health E-News citizen journalist Ndivhuwo Mukwevho, reports on the services of Limpopo-based Thohoyandou Victim Empowerment Programme and their concerns about the increase in murder and other forms of violence committed against women in the community. On average the organisation attends to 120 new cases of domestic violence, mostly related to intimate partner violence, and 40 rape cases a month. This article is one of several being produced through a journalist fellowship to raise awareness of domestic violence and the importance of shelter services. The fellowship is associated to HBF and National Shelter Movement of South Africa's “Enhancing State Responsiveness to Gender-Based Violence: Paying the True Costs” EU-funded project
By Ndivhuwo Mukwevho

'Speak-Up and Walk Away' Says Domestic Abuse Survivor

HBF and the National Shelter Movement of South Africa, through a journalist fellowship, have partnered with Health E-News, a television and print news service, to raise awareness of domestic violence and the importance of shelter services. This partnership is associated to the “Enhancing State Responsiveness to Gender-Based Violence: Paying the True Costs” EU-funded project. In this article, citizen journalist Ndivhuwo Mukwevho, shares the story of one rural woman’s experience of domestic violence and her wish to inspire others to break the silence on abuse against women.
By Ndivhuwo Mukwevho

Shelter offers abused women second chances

HBF and the National Shelter Movement of South Africa have embarked on a journalist fellowship with Health E-News, a television and print news service, to raise awareness of domestic violence and the importance of shelter services. This partnership is associated to the “Enhancing State Responsiveness to Gender-Based Violence: Paying the True Costs” EU-funded project. In this article, Health E-News citizen journalist Ndivhuwo Mukwevho, gives us insight into the vital services that the Ekuphumleni Restoration Home offers abused women.

 
 
By Ndivhuwo Mukwevho

Domestic Violence Blamed on Unemployment and Poverty

HBF and the National Shelter Movement of South Africa have partnered with Health E-News, a television and print news service, to raise awareness of domestic violence and the importance of shelter services. This partnership is associated to the “Enhancing State Responsiveness to Gender-Based Violence: Paying the True Costs” EU-funded project. In this article, citizen journalist Lindiwe Msibi, tells the story of a woman's first experience of physical abuse after her boyfriend lost his job. She also provides information on the services that the Nisaa Institute for Women's Development shelter offers abused women.  
By Lindiwe Msibi

Abusive Relationship Forces Woman into Sex Work

HBF and the National Shelter Movement of South Africa have partnered with Health E-News, a television and print news service producing news and analysis for national media, to raise awareness of domestic violence. This partnership is associated to the “Enhancing State Responsiveness to Gender-Based Violence: Paying the True Costs” EU-funded project. In this article, citizen journalist Lindiwe Msibi, shares the story of a woman’s experience of domestic violence and the services that are available, such as those offered by the shelters of People Opposing Women Abuse, for women in similar circumstances.
By Lindiwe Msibi

Fight Against Abuse Not Over

June 16th is a day for deep introspection when the country honours and celebrates young people who had the courage and determination to rise up against the apartheid state 41 years ago. There is however little to celebrate in light of the excessive levels of violence and sexual abuse being perpetrated against children and the youth in our country every day. June must therefore also be a month in which we ask some serious questions about what role government plays in ensuring a strong democratic South Africa for future generations.
By Claudia Lopes

South Africa’s Domestic Violence Shelters Forced to Turn Women Away

South Africa has had a Domestic Violence Act since 1998, but its critics say the law is ineffective. Women & Girls recently spoke to Claudia Lopes, project manager of the Heinrich Boell Foundation, about the challenges of tackling domestic violence in South Africa and what needs to be done to ensure women can leave abusive relationships quickly and safely.
By Jen Thorpe

Engender Resource Kit

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Engender is a television series focussing on feminism, gender issues and related concepts. The first 3 episodes of the pilot series explored the concept of feminism; feminism and intersectionality; and gendered representations in the media. The Engender Resource Kit mirrors the episodes and was developed from research undertaken for the series.

Challenging Patriarchy - Conversations on Violence Against Women

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More than twenty years into democracy acts of violence against women have not visibly decreased in South Africa. This publication unpacks the many inter-related factors that continuously contribute to high levels of violence against women and hopes to contribute to more strategic and collaborative action.

State Budget Short-Changes Victims of Domestic Violence

Stakeholders working to combat Gender-Based Violence question to what extent the 2017/18 budget reflect government’s commitment to effectively meet the true costs associated with addressing violence against women and children.
By Claudia Lopes, Nokukhanya Mncwabe, Chiedza Chagutah

Holidays Not Jolly Time for All

While the holiday season brings quality family time, it also brings out a more sinister side of many households. According the provincial branch of the National Shelter Movement (NSM), the season is a time of increased risk of domestic violence and intimate partner violence.

By Nicole Mccain

System Fails Women Desperate for Safety

Domestic violence survivors rely on shelters to help leave life threatening relationships – and navigate the obstacles of the criminal justice system.

By Amy Green

On the Air: Supporting State Accountability for Sheltering Services for Abused Women

Shelters for abused women play a critical role in providing protection, care and psychosocial support to those affected by Gender-Based Violence. The Domestic Violence Act (1998) enshrines the state’s obligation to provide survivors of abuse with shelters, but whilst the act is a crucial piece of legislation, the provision of sheltering services has not been without its challenges. HBS Project Manager Claudia Lopes recently spoke to SAfm about a new project which aims to support state accountability for adequate and effective provision of domestic violence survivor support programmes, specifically those associated with the provision of shelter for abused women.

Counting the True Costs of Domestic Violence for Youth and Children in South Africa

June is notable for having two commemorative days dedicated to younger persons: International Children’s Day1 on the 1 st of June and South Africa’s Youth Day on June 16. Sadly, however, there remains very little for young people in South Africa to celebrate, particularly in the light of excessive levels of violence and sexual abuse directly targeting or negatively impacting young persons.

By Claudia Lopes, Chiedza Chagutah, Nokukhanya Mncwabe

News Release: New Initiative Urges Government to Step Up Against Domestic Violence

In a new project launching tomorrow (Friday, 20 May) – Enhancing State Responsiveness to Gender-Based Violence: Paying the True Costs – the National Shelter Movement (NSM) of South Africa joins forces with the Heinrich Böll Foundation (HBF) Southern Africa to keep the spotlight squarely focused on domestic violence in South Africa (SA) and how government interventions meet the diverse needs of survivors.

What we do

Realising substantive gender equality in South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe has been challenging. Progressive legislation and policies have not always been translated into effective government programmes. Some of the gains that have been achieved are being threatened by rising traditionalism and reactionary populism. Lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people and communities in the region remain disadvantaged, stigmatised and excluded from many aspects of economic, political and social life.

Public and political awareness-raising and the prevention of gender based and sexual violence are therefore core focus areas of our work. We also partner with key civil society actors as well as public and religious thought leaders to effectively challenge homophobic policies, legislations and attitudes.