Southernwood women unpack gender-based violence in their community
Masimanyane Women's Rights International facilitated a well-supported dialogue on gender-based violence (GBV) at the New Hope Fellowship Church in Southernwood this week.
The workshop, which was attended by young women from Wards 22, 23 and 24 in the greater Southernwood area, focused on identifying the specific factors that contribute to GBV in their communities and how they can address these forms of violence in their communities.
The women also discussed where to get help and the ways in which they can support survivors of gender-based violence.
During the feedback discussion, the women discussed the role of contextual and societal factors such as drug and alcohol abuse, unemployment and prevailing cultural norms which still see women and girls being expected to submit to men.
The women also stressed the importance of having accessible counselling services in their communities and safe spaces for women and girls to discuss issues which impact them.
The workshop culminated in the women sharing practical, pro-active ways to address GBV in their communities, including through different sporting codes, awareness campaigns and talks at schools and in the communities at large.