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

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

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



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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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WWSO US Coalition

Our sister coalition, the We Will Speak out US coalition has it’s own website.

If you would like to find out more about the work that they are doing at equipping the US church to address sexual violence then please visit their website at:

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