The Joint Gender Fund supports a wide range of civil society organisations across South Africa working to address gender-based violence in ways that are comprehensive, integrated, transformative and innovative.

Rape Crisis Centre Port Elizabeth

Community-based driven intervention, using schools as node for change

The Port Elizabeth Rape Crisis Centre is a registered non-governmental organisation established in September 1992. The organisation aims to be a centre which provides holistic and gender sensitive assistance, prevention, and empowerment in all forms of sexual violence. To ensure its mission is achieved the organisation’s core service is to provides services to rape and domestic violence which includes assessment of children, referrals of children, counselling of survivors, monthly support group and monthly dialogues. The centre has partnered with JGF on a community-driven intervention using schools as a node for change, and an initiative to document this intervention.

Labour Research Service

Towards creating Zero % GBV in the Vaal

The LRS mission is to develop in a participative and accessible way, an objective and independent research and resource base that will shape the discourse on alternative strategies necessary to strengthen labor and civil society representation and influence on issues of human rights, democracy, equality and socio-economic justice.

Our relationship with the JGF goes back to 2012 with the support for an 18 month Peer learning process: “Cross-silo peer learning for new gender equal cultural norms”.  At the end of 2014 LRS received a re-grant to conduct a pilot project focused on “Creating 0% GBV in the Health System” and in mid-2016 we received support to conduct an action research project focused on sharing our learnings about the effectiveness of using an action learning, multi-actor dialogical and collective impact approach, towards creating Zero % GBV in the Vaal

Rural Development Support Programme

GBV support and activism groups

RDSP has been supporting rural community based organisations (CBOs) since 1992 by providing capacity building. This includes training in a wide range of development skills, such as leadership, organisational structures and systems and financial management. We run training courses and carry out on-site mentoring to assist community members to implement what they have learnt. Our overall focus is to assist rural CBOs to become more sustainable and to deliver the best service they can to their local community. As a support programme we believe in the establishment of a rural network of professional community organisations that can partner with government and gain support locally.

Our biggest focus to date has been on gender-based violence in Namaqualand, Northern Cape.  Over the last ten years we have built up a thorough understanding of the problem as it manifests in Namaqualand and can testify to the fact that the problem remains very serious and has been complicated by the increase in substance abuse, especially of methamphetamine (“tik”), itself linked through medical research to increased sexual aggression and violence.

Justice & Women

Participatory action research into women's agency-building

JAW was founded in 1996, and works in the gender- justice space in Mthonjaneni/Melmoth KwaZulu Natal with a mission to challenge and transform inequitable practices and power relations which give rise to gender inequality, GBV and HIV and AIDS. JAW is committed to building women’s leadership, and modelling power relationships within the organisation which it wishes to see in the outside world.

Our current work with JGF focuses on participatory action research, where we are documenting our approach to work with women to build their agency and ability to assert their rights to live free from GBV and to access support in two traditional communities in KwaZulu-Natal.

South African Faith and Family Institute

Working with faith leaders to address GBV

South African women live in one of the most violent yet most religious societies in the world. The South African Faith and Family Institute (SAFFI), a multi-faith nonprofit, was officially launched in 2010 to be a resource to religious leaders and faith communities as they capacitate themselves; and collaborate with government and civil society in the quest to end gender-based violence against women. SAFFI is dedicated to advancing a coordinated, multi-sectoral, culturally competent restorative justice response to violence against women and children by being a resource to religious leaders, institutions and faith communities; challenge from a theological perspective patriarchal traditions and other root causes of intimate partner abuse and violence; and encourage the promotion of scriptural and theological teachings that encourage intimate relationships that set people free to live their full potential in supportive unions.

Lifeline Pietermaritzburg

Participatory action research into women's agency-building

LifeLine PMB covers five Municipal Districts in KZN. The centre offers both proactive and reactive services to individuals, groups and communities. All our counsellors are trained volunteers who donate their time as a service to the community.  Counsellors are trained to empower callers/clients to cope better with their lives. LifeLine PMB also engages in prevention work through community dialogues, workshops and training. The gender-based violence programme supports the survivors of rape and domestic violence. We have lay counsellors stationed in seven crisis centres in all five districts municipalities to offer support to the survivors of GBV. We also conduct dialogues aimed at identifying the root causes to GBV and assist communities to come-up with possible solutions in order to reduce the scourge of GBV.

Project Empower

Towards provincial-level women's movement building in KZN

Project Empower was registered as non-profit organisation in 2001. They are a South African organisation based in the province of Kwazulu Natal at the Diakonia Centre in Durban (eThekwini Municipality). Their work is focused on strengthening and supporting civil society (both formal and informal organisations of people) responses to HIV and AIDS. Project Empower focuses on helping people to critically assess the impact of HIV and AIDS in their own lives and the network of relationships that support them. Using the learning from this personal exploration they help people to develop contextual responses to the issues they are confronting.

In partnership with the Joint Gender Fund, Project Empower is working towards provincial-level women’s activism by working with existing women’s groups at community level.

Masimanyane Women's Support Centre

Consolidation and coordination of women's groups

Masimanyane Women’s Support Centre is a non-profit international women’s organisation based in East London, South Africa. We aim to build women’s human rights, focusing  on violence against women, sexual and reproductive health and rights and the impact of  HIV and Aids on women. With JGF, Masimanyane is working to consolidate and coordinate women’s groups in the Eastern Cape

New World Foundation

A whole-community approach to addressing GBV

New World Foundation (NWF) was founded in 1980 on the Cape Flats Township of Lavender Hill during Apartheid. NWF has its own Community Centres operating in Lavender Hill, Vrygrond and surrounded communities. Through mobilisation and training of the community members and networking with community structures and partner organisation, NWF facilitates change that aims to build a new world of hope, justice and peace.

NWF aims to bring about the following changes in communities: (1) Inclusive safe communities with many change agents – better functioning individuals and families and improvement on living conditions; (2) Reduced violence in families, schools and in the communities – especially violence towards girls and women; (3) Increased self esteem and leadership skills amongst community members so that they become positive role models and supporting families; (4) Better access and knowledge to educational opportunities and work skills development especially for women and men – thereby reducing poverty.

Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre

Research and community activism around alcohol abuse as a driver of GBV in the Northern Cape

Established since 1996, the Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre to End Violence Against Women (Tshwaranang) is a non-profit organisation that promotes and defends the rights of women to live their lives without fear or experience of violence. Our key activities include research, capacity building and advocacy. Tshwaranang’s overall purpose is to facilitate access to justice for women who have experienced or are at risk of experiencing Gender-Based Violence (GBV).

The research supported by JGF examines the context specific social, psychological, economic, and gender related factors that increase alcohol related Violence against Women in the Kuruman in the Northern Cape Province. In so doing it also outlines the magnitude of the twin problems of alcohol abuse and Violence against Women.  Based on the findings of this research community lead interventions will be developed and implemented. Latest Research findings: Alcohol-Related Violence in Kuruman in the Nothern Cape Province

People Opposing Women Abuse

Advocating for better resources for post-rape care

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. Our work is rooted in the belief that change can only be said to be effective when women’s lives are directly improved through our interventions. We also believe that there is no single route to change, and thus constantly seek new and creative approaches in our programming to achieve the change we seek.

JGF is partnering with POWA to pursue research and advocacy in relation to resourcing for post-rape care services.

Southern Cape Land Committee

Addressing GBV in farm communities

SCLC was established in 1987 in response to the threatened forced removal of the community of Lawaaikamp in George, under the Apartheid government. A group of activists, churches and Anti Apartheid service organizations joined forces in support of the Lawaaikamp community’s struggle to resist the removals. SCLC’s vision is for a rural countryside free from poverty, where people are able to live with dignity, the environment is protected and there is a more equitable access to and control over resources and opportunities. With support from JGF, SCLC is working to address GBV in farm communities in the Cape.