MASIMANYANE WOMEN'S RIGHTS INTERNATIONAL is an equality and social justice organisation working to advance women’s human rights. It is also a grassroots based organisation with a national, regional and international reach.
Over its 20 year existence, Masimanyane has developed extensive networks and formed partnerships with many organisations and individuals who contribute to the goal of ending violence against women and advancing women’s human rights.
Our partnerships fall into four categories – local level partnerships, national level, regional and international partnerships.
Butterworth Women’s Support Centre (Butterworth) – Provides counselling for survivors of violence against women.
Tsomo Women’s Support Centre (Tsomo) - Provides counselling for survivors of violence against women.
Ikhwezi Women’s Support Centre (Cathcart) – Provides various services for survivors of violence against women, including shelter services, home-based care and community education.
Tshwaranang Resource Centre (Queenstown) – Conducts HIV/Aids education and training and provides human rights services.
Coping Centre (King Williams Town) – Provides counselling and support to people living with HIV/AIDs.
Peddie Women’s Support Centre (Peddie) – Provides counselling and support to women and girls.
Mthatha Women’s Support Centre – A counselling services for survivors of violence against women and people living with HIV/AIDS.
Diocesan Resource Centre (Keiskammahoek/ Kei Road) – Conducts Ccmmunity education and training.
Eastern Cape NGO Coalition – Umbrella body that unites more than 100 NGOs in the Eastern Cape. They engage in policy strengthening for the NGO sector and act as an intermediary between government and NGOs.
Women’s Ikhwelo network – This is a network made up of women’s groups from across the Eastern Cape who work on various aspects of violence against women and HIV/AIDS.
National level partnerships
Ipas South Africa - Works on sexual and reproductive health and rights, including access to safe termination of pregnancy.
Ibis Reproductive Health - Advances SRHR by conducting clinical and social science research, leveraging existing research, producing evidence-based information resources and promoting SRHR policies and practices.
SAMGI - The South African Media and Gender Institute works as a media watchdog, critically monitoring the media and deconstructing the mass media to eradicate all forms of bias.
Marie Stopes’ work involves making sexual and reproductive health care services (TOP) affordable and accessible to poorer and underserved communities in South Africa.
Mosaic delivers a wide range of social support services and projects to clients (including men) seeking assistance due to gender violence including domestic abuse, sexual assault/rape and HIV/AIDS issues.
KwaZulu-Natal Network on Violence against Women has a core mandate on violence against women. It works to coordinate efforts around KwaZulu to ensure services to survivors of sexual violence. The network is an award-winning network for its Safer Cities model.
Sexual Health and Rights Initiative in South Africa (SHARISA) focuses on young women with the purpose of increasing and influencing public opinion leaders, decisionmakers and service providers.
The Women’s Legal Centre conducts strategic litigation through which it seeks to advance the struggle for equality for women.
S.H.E. – Sexual Health and Empowerment is a transgender organisation working for the rights of trans women. Masimanyane is one of its founding members.
NACOSA - NETWORKING HIV/AIDS COMMUNITY OF SOUTH AFRICA is a network of over 1 500 civil society organisations working together to turn the tide on HIV, AIDS and TB in southern Africa. NACOSA promotes dialogue, builds capacity with accredited training, mentoring and technical assistance and channels resources to support service delivery on the ground, particularly among key populations and women and girls.
Moral Regeneration Movement is a networking platform that facilitates and coordinates all processes and initiatives aimed at combating moral degeneration. As a civil society-driven initiative that is supported by the government, the MRM provides the opportunity to redouble our efforts as a full partnership of the people, and pay special attention to the issues of development, social cohesion and nation building. The MRM also supports traditional and cultural programmes.
Shukumisa Campaign is a national campaign network that works to shake up social attitudes towards sexual violence.
Amanitare Sexual Rights Africa is an African collective of women’s rights groups, networks and organisations working to secure the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls on the African continent. Amanitare is anchored in the philosophy that all women and girls have the right to bodily autonomy and integrity and that they have freedom from coercion and violence.
Mempro Uganda works for the promotion of young women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Isis WICCE Uganda works to restore hope and renew the spirits of women abused in armed conflict situations through its core programmes of skills building, documenting women’s realities, networking for peace and leadership, lobbying and advocating for redress for the spoils of the armed conflict.
Girl Power Initiative Nigeria - GPI’s focus is on assisting young girls to live healthy lives and achieving their full potential towards an empowered womanhood. It also includes assisting young girls to overcome the risk of early sexual activities, gender discrimination, harmful traditional and contemporary social practices, adolescent/unintended pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV/AIDS, unsafe abortion, all forms of sexual abuse and harassment as well as other forms of violence against girls and women.
Forum Mahler Mozambique – Forum for Women is based in Maputo, Mozambique. Their main goal is to "help women to organise themselves in order to think and act with the aim to construct balance in society".
International level partnerships
International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific - IWRAW Asia Pacific is a non-profit international organisation based in South-East Asia which works nationally, regionally and internationally towards the achievement of women's human rights. IWRAW-AP is currently promoting the ratification and use of the Optional Protocol to CEDAW, which enables individuals to claim rights (protected under CEDAW) at the international level.
Norwegian Equality Ombud’s office - The Norwegian Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud (LDO) operates independently within their field of expertise but is administratively integrated within the Ministry of Children and Equality. The Ombud fights discrimination and promotes equality regardless of factors such as gender, ethnicity, functional ability, language, religion, sexual orientation or age.
Kvinnoiouren Bloklockon, Gavle, Sweden ( Sweden) - The shelter and Girl's Shelter Vulcana provides a 24-hour helpline for women and girls. The women's shelter caters mainly for women who are or have been subjected to violence by a partner. Girl's Shelter has contact with young women and girls with similar problems, but covers a larger area of service provision such as safe spaces for discussion, information sharing and knowledge building on sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Women’s Voices (India) works to end violence against women and work with women in the organised labour movement. The main area of interest is women’s political, economic and social empowerment.
International network to end violence against women and girls. – This newly formed network is made up of women’s groups from 5 continents who came together to give voice and space to groups from the South working to raise issues of concern to the women most affected by violence. The vision of this group is to depoliticize violence against women by strengthening the movement to end violence against women and girls in the South.
Centre for Women’s Global Leadership develops and facilitates women’s leadership for women’s human rights and social justice worldwide. It works from a human rights perspective with an emphasis on violence against women, sexual and reproductive health and socio-economic well-being. Since 1990, CWGL has fostered women’s leadership in the areas of human rights through women’s global leadership institutes, strategic planning activities, international mobilisation campaigns, UN monitoring, global education endeavours, publications and a resource centre.