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16 days Webinar: Working with SGBV survivors

Wednesday 29 November 2017: 12.30-13.30 UK time

As part of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, We Will Speak Out coalition, through its members will host a webinar with a panel discussion on the role of faith in responding to the needs and priorities of SGBV survivors and building survivor movements that can shape policy and practice.

Steve Sanderson co-chairs We Will Speak Out global coalition and is Deputy Director of Missions at BMS World Mission, which is a member of We Will Speak Out coalition

Solange Mukamana works for coalition founding member Tearfund  and leads a survivor movement with over 400 women in South Africa. These women are actively mobilising churches and government bodies so that communities in South Africa can be safe and free from violence. Solange is a qualified Social Worker.

Wangu Kanja is founder of the Wangu Kanja Foundation. Wangu has built a movement of Survivors of Sexual Violence in Kenya which brings together a unified voice of survivors to address sexual violence and amplify their voices across Kenya.

Esther Sweetman has worked for Restored for the last two years leading its online Survivors’ Network, developing resources and engagement with survivors.  She is a qualified Psychotherapist and Social Researcher and has worked in the helping profession in various roles for the last three decades.

The webinar will be hosted on WEBEX. To join the meeting, please use this webex link  and meeting number is 234 135 113.

We look forward to engaging with you on this issue!

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Equipped for Research

Written by Siyabulela Tonono, Published in New Dimension newsletter

From the 24-25th April, the Justice and Service desk of the Methodist Church Mission Unit hosted a two day training workshop on gender-based violence at the MCO boardroom. The aim of the workshop was to train research field workers that will be administering surveys in various parts of the Gauteng province, as part of the Amplify Change project that the Methodist Church is an implementing partner of.

Through funding from Amplify Change, the MCSA is part of an initiative that is aimed at creating a movement across faith communities and civil society, including survivors of Sexual and Gender Based Violence, that will work together to prevent and end the pain of Sexual Gender Based Violence nationally and specifically in communities across 4 provinces of South Africa. The project has been rolled out in two provinces already, Kwa Zulu Natal and the Western Cape, and is currently being rolled out Gauteng.

The project is a partnership between Tearfund, Sonke Gender Justice, CABSA, Zoe-Life and the MCSA. The aims of the intervention are to

  • Build a Sexual and Gender Based Violence Survivor Movement in South Africa
  • Support the development of We Will Speak Out South Africa coalition in its vision of ending SGBV
  • Work with faith communities to create safe spaces for SGBV survivors
  • Activate men and boys to spearhead ending of SGBV

In the Gauteng province, the role of the MCSA has been that of identifying communities and congregations that have been actively involved in the field of sexual and gender-based violence.  The plan for the research arm of the project is to conduct research on the knowledge, attitudes and beliefs and practices of faith communities  on SGBV. The research will be conducted in the communities of KwaThema, in Springs, Kya Sands informal settlement north of Randburg and Alberton.

The research fieldworkers that were part of the training come from these communities and work in as community activists within their communities. The purpose of the training was to better equip them with the technical skills that will be necessary to conduct research in the communities. Upon conclusion of the research, the findings will be fed back into the community and serve as way for the community to look at the issues that the research highlights.

The fieldworkers will commence their work in May and should complete the data collection by the end of the month.

(For more information on the project contact the Justice and Service desk on 011 615 1616 or email Siyabulela@mco.org.za)

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Draft Constitution and Governance Document for We Will Speak Out SA

WWSOSA was launched on the 25th of November 2013, by the Archbishop of Cape Town, the Most Reverend Thabo Makgoba when he committed the Anglican Communion to break the silence around SGBV in South Africa.
There has been a number of activities and events since, but the lack of resources and structures limited the growth of the coalition. A grant from AmplifyChange created an opportunity to formalise the coalition.

Members and interested parties met on the 9th and 10th of March 2016 in Johannesburg for a strategic discussion. At this meeting an Interim Steering Committee was selected to take the process forward. Members were Rev Desmond Lesejane (Sonke Gender Justice), Ms Lyn van Rooyen (CABSA), Pastor Xana McCauly (GEMA & Rhema), Mr Sabelo Mashwama (Hope Africa) and Dr Stephanie Thomas (Zoë Life). Organisational changes led to Rev Bafana Khumalo becoming the representative for Sonke and Ms Delene Mark for Hope Africa.

The Committee has had a number of electronic meetings, shared many, many emails and phone calls, and had an opportunity to meet face-to-face for two days.


In spite of many challenges we can report some progress:

  • The interim steering committee developed a draft constitution and governance policy. See below.
  • A membership policy and membership application form was developed. (See here)
  • Attendance lists and membership information were combined and a database and electonic mailing system developed. You can register for Newsletters here
  • An interim coordinator and administrative support is in place to formalise the secretariat and register the coalition with the NPO directorate.


There are a number of events we would like to highlight during the next few weeks. The steering committee would like to present the draft constitution and governance documents to as many members and interested parties as possible for input and suggestions.

Gauteng Region

Date:    Saturday, 17 September 2016 (Last day of the Truth be Told Conference)

Venue:  Rhema Randburg – BC3 Room

Time:    11h00

Western Cape Region

Date:     Tuesday, 25th  October 2016

Venue:   HOPE Africa, 1 Braehead Road Kenilworth, Cape Town

Time:     11h00

RSVP:   Thandeka Mashwama thandeka@hopeafrica.org.za

KwaZulu-Natal Region

Date:     Monday, 3 October

Venue:   Zoë-Life, 7 Brendon Lane, Westville, Durban

Time:     11:00 – 13:00

If you can’t attend

In addition to the meetings, the draft documents are available here for input.

Please provide any input by email to Rose Owen  rose@phelamanga.co.za

Annual General Meeting

Ideally this process should be completed in time for the Annual General Meeting which is provisionally planned for the 25th of November 2016. (Details to follow).

If the coalition accepts the final constitution, the process of registering the Coalition can be started by the interim coordinator.



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Membership Information and Application – South Africa

We Will Speak out South Africa is a faith based Coalition responding to the challenges of sexual and gender based violence; that aims to implement prevention strategies; to advance, protect and advocate for human rights; and to ensure access to support and healing for survivors and their communities.

Membership of WeWill Speak Out South Africa is open to individuals or organisations in South Africa that share the dream of the coalition.

In applying for membership applicants recognise the WWSOSA values, endorse the positions set out in the membership document (below)  and commit to play an active role in the Coalition.

You are welcome to fill in the attached membership form and send it to communication@cabsa.org.za



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16 days of activism WWSO South Africa, 2014 campaign

Here are some pictures from the 16 days campaign led and facilitated by WWSOSA in 2014.

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16 days: Coalition member events

To find out more about coalition member events during the 16 days, please view here.

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Reflections from a coalition member

The ‘We Will Speak Out’ global coalition recently held a strategy workshop in London, UK. Leila Nimatallah from ‘We Will Speak Out’ US coalition wrote her reflections on the workshop. Further details of the new strategy will be made available via the website in the near future.

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‘First Man Standing’ Campaign

Coalition members, Restored are in the media talking about their ‘First Man Standing’ Campaign… which engages men and boys in the prevention of violence against women. (Guardian Newspaper, 8th March 2013)

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Factsheet – Sexual violence against children

Together for Girls has produced a factsheet on sexual violence, highlighting facts, consequences and recommendations to address sexual violence against children.
Together for Girls – Sexual Violence Fact Sheet July 2012

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