Empowering Communities

One of the challenges faced in the fight against gender-based violence is the normalisation, and even acceptance, of such violence as a natural part of family and community life. Further, when violence does occur, many people lack information about their legal rights, the available legal remedies, how to access the system and the availability of existing support services in their community. 

LvA conducts targeted outreach, campaigns to raise awareness and workshops to educate and empower community members with the information required to take a stand against gender-based violence in their communities. LvA also works to address the harmful attitudes, norms and behaviours that lead to violence in the first place, starting with children as young as five years old. 

Our Impact

0 Young women empowered through GBV Workshops
0K Community members reached
0 Learners & teachers educated
0 Early Childhood Development Centres Engaged

Our Approach

School Interventions

Recognising that children are particularly vulnerable to violence, LvA partners with primary and secondary schools to facilitate workshops for learners around sexual abuse. LvA uses narratives to illustrate keys issues such as grooming, victim-blaming and ‘blesser’ relationships. LvA also aims to ensure that children know where to go for help. LvA trains teachers on how to handle any disclosures or suspicions of abuse in an empathetic and responsible manner.

LvA also works with Early Child Development (ECD) Centres to prevent GBV. These interventions aim to engage young learners with aspects of gender roles that may encourage violent behaviour such as bullying. During the intervention, ECD learners interact with a persona doll and are encouraged to foster empathy for the doll, eliciting behaviours that can then be practised with their peers.

Empowering Social Change

Beyond just providing information, LvA works to empower young women and girls in Diepsloot to take a stand against gender-based violence in their own community. Through a four-day workshop, participants develop a deeper understanding of GBV from an intersectional feminist framework, including concepts like power, patriarchy and gender. They also learn about the available legal processes related to GBV. 

Graduates of the workshop series are then invited to form a Community Action Group, which serves as a platform for individuals to use and disseminate knowledge gained through the workshop series. This includes developing additional skills, initiating advocacy efforts, sharing information and mobilising the broader community. To date, these Action Groups have organised dialogues, led marches and implemented awareness-raising campaigns with minimal support from LvA. 

Outreach & Awareness-Raising Campaigns

LvA conducts targeted outreach throughout Diepsloot to raise community members’ awareness of GBV, legal rights, legal remedies and LvA’s services. This includes weekly talks at local government clinics, a monthly segment on a community radio station, community workshops and participation in several community forums and events throughout the year. Many of LvA’s clients first learn about our services through these outreach initiatives, making them an integral part of our work.

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