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Trauma-informed approach: Negotiating a safe home by offering unconditional love for minors during Covid-19 health pandemic – Bandile Seleme
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Trauma-informed approach: Negotiating a safe home by offering unconditional love for minors during Covid-19 health pandemic – Bandile Seleme

When I think of home I think of a place where there’s love overflowing I wish I was home I wish I was back there with the things I been knowing -The Wiz   The above lyrics describes an ideal home where one experiences unconditional love. When the world presents itself with uncertainty inherent in...

Strengthening family systems-intergenerational trauma and caregiver support
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Strengthening family systems-intergenerational trauma and caregiver support

SUPPORTING MINORS WHO ARE SURVIVORS OF TRAUMA: FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF A PRIMARY CAREGIVER By Nzulu Skosana Defining trauma A trauma is defined as “an experience that typically overwhelms an individual mentally, emotionally and physically, resulting in an intense fear, helplessness and loss of control.” For any individual, a traumatic experience is life changing. Particularly...

Shelters in South Africa
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Shelters in South Africa

Lawyers against Abuse (LvA) is a non-profit organisation that seeks to provide holistic legal and psychosocial support to victims of gender-based violence (GBV) and to facilitate systemic change through strategic engagement with state actors and the communities in which we serve. There are several definitions used for GBV. One researcher defines it as, “the general...

A Luta Continua (The Struggle Continues)
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A Luta Continua (The Struggle Continues)

In South Africa, the month of August is known as “Women’s Month”. It is set aside as a time to reflect on South African women’s resistance to oppressive systems through movement building and other acts of disruption. We specifically remember the 1956 women’s march against the unjust pass laws through a multitude of talks and...

The Struggle of Women’s Month
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The Struggle of Women’s Month

Women’s Day was first celebrated in South Africa on 9 August 1995. I was only two-years-old at that time. I must admit, I grew up not truly appreciating the importance and significance of public holidays – I mainly saw them as a day off school. I only really began to engage with public holidays more...

“I am a Woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal Woman, that’s me.”
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“I am a Woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal Woman, that’s me.”

“I am a Woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal Woman, that’s me.” – Maya Angelou The above quote is testament to the extraordinary ways women are. Navigating through dire circumstances, facing challenges never anticipated and succeeding, the quote emphasises that women are indeed extraordinary human beings with dreams, goals, needs and most of all human rights. As Women’s...

Celebrating Small Victories
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Celebrating Small Victories

People often ask me “Isn’t it hard?” or “How do you keep a positive attitude?” when I share with them about LvA’s work supporting victims of gender-based violence and the challenges that we face in Diepsloot on a daily basis. For me, the answer lies in celebrating the small victories. Allow me to explain what...