Masibambisane Gender-Based Violence Programme

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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.

Outline of the Masibambisane Gender-Based Violence Programme

The FHR believes in social change. Social change will only happen if it is driven by active citizenry and thriving civil society. For this reason, the FHR is engaged in various activities that are aimed at advancing the rights of women. In recent years, the FHR has provided financial support and engaged in policy advocacy and development activities including:

  • #TheTotalShutdown march and National Gender-Based Violence Summit resulting in the Presidential Declaration on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide.
  • Drafting and consultations on the National Strategic Plan on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide. The FHR is also a founding member of the Call to Action against gender-based violence civil society organization coalition, which is currently working on popularising the National Strategic Plan on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide.
  • The drafting of the National Action Plan on the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, in relation to the UN Security Council Resolution 1325. In this regard, the FHR facilitated and funded the provincial consultations with civil society organizations across the country, which significantly contributed to the drafting process of the National Action Plan. 
  • Drafting shadow reports for the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and making submissions to relevant human rights bodies.

The FHR has also been active at the campaigning front by supporting or driving various campaigns:

  • In 2019, the FHR supported and was actively involved in the #SandtonShutDown campaign, which was aimed at encouraging the private sector to be actively involved in funding interventions addressing gender-based violence in communities.
  • #Mzansi4SouthSudan is a campaign established in partnership with Crisis Action and Amandla.Mobi during Women’s Month in August 2019, and concerns standing in solidarity with women affected by sexual and gender-based Violence in South Sudan. It is about taking collective action and calling for accountability, justice and redress for survivors of gender-based violence. For more information see “FHR participates in the Mzansi for South Sudan campaign”.

Under the Socio-Economic Justice for All (SEJA) programme, the FHR, in partnership with other organizations and experts, has provided capacity-building to a broad audience, including government officials, prosecutors, police officers, civil society organizations working with the survivors of gender-based violence, and other experts. The capacity-building initiatives typically include workshops and training covering subjects related to the legal and medical aspects of investigating and prosecuting gender-based violence cases, best practices in dealing with the survivors of gender-based violence, or issues related to eco-feminism. Our most recent capacity-building initiatives related to gender-based violence include: 

The year 2020 is a critical year for women’s rights as it is the 25th anniversary of the landmark Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995), and marks five years since the adoption of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. One of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) identified in the Agenda is the achievement of gender equality.

The year 2020 also marks the end of the African Women’s Decade and coincides with South Africa assuming the Chairmanship of the African Union (AU) this year. 2020 is also the final year of its non-permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). This represents a unique opportunity for South Africa to leverage the capacity of both institutions to advance the Women, Peace and Security (UN Security Resolution 1235) agenda. The 20th anniversary of UNSC Resolution 1325 and the AU’s Silencing the Guns by 2020 initiative give further impetus to South Africa’s focus on the role of women in the promotion of peace and security on the African continent.

  1. In light of the above, the FHR is focusing its current efforts on: 
    The ongoing building of solidarity with women’s movements and formations, and partnerships at all levels: community, national, regional and international.
  2. Engagement with regional mechanisms including the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights and the various UN bodies including the UN Women Generation Equality Campaign (Beijing +25), CEDAW, and the UN Human Rights Council.
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What is the rationale behind the Masibambisane Programme?

• 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 word means unite, holding hands, let’s 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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"The success of our fight to end gender-based violence will require the involvement and support of our entire society."

President Cyril Ramaphosa

“Achieving gender equality requires the engagement of women and men, girls and boys. It is everyone’s responsibility.”

Ban Ki-moon, former UN Secretary General

“I raise my voice not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. We cannot succeed when half of us are held back.”

Malala Yousafzai

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“Freedom cannot be achieved unless women have been emancipated from all kinds of oppression.”

Nelson Mandela

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