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This project of creating Gender Based Violence and Femicide Free Zones (GBVFFZ) is important because as women and feminists are often subjected to various forms of violences that emanate from structural patriarchy, misogyny and heteronormativity in our own lives personally and within our own organizations, places of work and organizing. In many instances this is manifested in actual experiences of abuse ranging from verbal and physical assault including rape, sexual harassment, spiritual violence, extortion, intimidation, hatred and in extreme circumstances even murder. The situation is even worse for individuals who do not conform to traditional gender norms of male and female/man/woman because they are seen and felt as a threat to the heteronormative construct of manhood and womanhood in society. So, gender non-conforming and non-binary individuals and spirit beings become even more vulnerable as a result. This work seeks to confront the fact and reality that women, LGBTIQA+, non-binary, gender non-conforming people and traditional healers are targeted to a point of dying every day in the hands of lovers, friends and family members, places of work and places of organizing and healing as a result of these experiences and something needs to be done.

What does FHR do as part of the Masibambisane Groups Programme?

The implementation process has two levels that are mutually re-enforcing. Level 1 involves empowerment and capacity building for local CSOs to set up GBVF Free Zones and monitoring of GBV cases

Level 1 involves identification of local CSOs/CBAOs and provision of support through development of Activists Toolkit: Featuring Self defence and consent followed training of community activist also known as gbv monitors.

  • Mapping exercise
  • Young men and women in schools as Ambassadors
  • Multi- stakeholder forum
  • Psychosocial support
  • Ecological shelter/safe house for the survivors
  • Pedagogical tools for empowerment within the ecofeminist lenses to deal with patriarchy and economic empowerment
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Sustainability
  • Multi-Media
  • Budget (funding)

LEVEL 2: Macro Intervention

Level two involves working with decision and policy makers on promoting accountability and response to GBVF in areas of:-

  • Capacity training of stakeholders: multi stakeholder and interdepartmental refresher courses.
  • Formation of a national stakeholder forum for monitoring GBVF cases and accountability platform.
  • Research
  • Monitoring and Evaluation


Masibambisane Gender Programme

Background and Purpose

• The Foundation for Human Rights seeks to work with civil society organisations to address GBV in various sites by piloting a programme called “ Masibambisane “
• This programme recognises that GBV requires community members to work together in order to address this scourge
• Presentation will focus on this model and how you can partner with the FHR to roll out it out in your community
• Masibambisane: is a zulu means unite, holding hands, lets work together
• Facilitate participation and empowerment of community’s stakeholders to take agency in dealing with GBV
Main Goal: To use innovative community based models on addressing GBVF by amongst other infusing a rights based approach
• Enhance the knowledge base of community structures to be able to effectively address gender based violence in the community;
• Recruit and Empower community members to advocate and protect those affected by of GBV or those at risk;
• Strengthen reporting and accountability mechanisms in the selected communities by building the capacity of community based organisations and community advice office to monitor reported cases.

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