Women's support Centre

Masimanyane Women's Support Centre is a non-profit international women's organisation based in East London, South Africa. With a specific focus on violence against women, sexual and reproductive health and rights and the gendered nature of HIV and Aids, we aim to build the capacity of women and human rights advocates to claim and realise women's human rights. This is done through the development of new knowledge and the utilisation of a rights-based approach.
To find out more about Masimanyane's gender and human rights work, phone us on 043 743 9169.


23 October 2015

Masimanyane Women's Support Centre was at the Buffalo City metropolitan Municipality's commemoration of Women's Month in August. Delegates called on people to unite to move women's empowerment forward. 

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4 August 2015

Masimanyane received a monetary donation from four young men in Gavle Sweden who did some fundraising for our shelter.

This morning we created this little video on You Tube to say thank you to them.

26 November 2014

While Masimanyane's 16 Days of Activism campaign is centred on violence against women, it will cover a wide range of topics from ukuthwala (forced child marriages) to preventing unwanted teenage pregnancy. The campaign's reach will extend beyond East London, with events taking place in Mthatha, Mount Frere and even Johannesburg, where the launch of the report on ukuthwala will take place. 

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Locations of visitors to this page


16 November 2012

The following poem was written by Azola Benita Dorothea Bobo, a former Human Rights Club member. She is still using the knowledge she gained from Masimanyane to express herself. With 16 Days of Activism approaching, it is fitting that one of her poems can be read right here on the Masimanyane website.


All That I Ask

by Azola Benita Dorothea Bobo



Economic and Social Rights from A Feminist Political Economy Perspective

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Women's rights and sustainable development

Human rights instruments


A position statement on prostitution

Prostitution has a negative impact on women is harmful to their bodies, minds and overall wellbeing. Women and girls report that the act of prostitution is intrusive, unwanted, and often overtly violent sex and mostly consists of submitting to acts carried out by clients or by pornographers on the bodies of women and girls...Read more

Masimanyane helps Sinomonde Old Age Centre

Masimanyane Women's Support Centre has helped Sinomonde Old Age Centre to raise funds to build its service centre. Masimanyane, as a result, has been invited to the launch of the centre.

Read the letter

Read the invite


Masimanyane Women's Support Centre is a Section 18A-status or public benefit organisation (PBO). Donations by or to this PBO are exempt from donations tax in terms of Section 56(1)(h) of the Act. Masimanyane's PBO number is 930011582. Masimanyane's Section 21 registration number is 1997/003982/08.


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