12 December 2019

16 days of Activism against Gender Based Violence

Thousands of victims begin the journey from hurt to healing and hope

Once again, for the eleventh consecutive year, WIA counsellors in partnership with  Rahab Project participated in the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence which is held annually in South Africa from 25 November to 10 December. This national campaign aims to highlight the scourge of violence and abuse which has become a pandemic in the country and to encourage everyone to take a stand against all forms of violence and abuse.

During this time, counsellors are available in centres nationally to offer information on signs of abuse and to spend time with people helping them break the silence and speak out about their circumstances. Trained counsellors offer free, confidential, non-judgmental guidance and advice, journeying with people from hurt to healing and hope and from victim to victor. Everyone is treated with compassion, care and understanding and encouraged to talk about their traumatic experiences and begin the recovery process.

Counselling is available throughout the year, but is increased during the 16 Days of Activism to reach as many people as possible while this tragic topic is the focus of national attention.

This year 130 counsellors in 12 different areas had a visible presence in public places, distributing information leaflets and chatting to 10 000 interested people. Counsellors report that 2 130 women, and some men, indicated that they had benefit from the interaction with volunteers.

Counselling was offered on site and 320 people took advantage of this. People also had the option to leave their contact details for counselling in the future and 580 people did so.

WiA counsellors and Rahab Project teams were active in Bloemfontein, East London, George, Johannesburg, Mafikeng, Nelspruit, Port Elizabeth, Pietersburg, Qwa Qwa, Soweto, Vaal and Welkom.

Responding to the increasing demand for individual counselling to be available to victims of abuse or any other trauma, the counsellors hosts regular support group meetings in Johannesburg, Soweto, Thokoza, Tembisa and Spruitview, Durban, Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Pretoria, East London, Port Elizabeth  and Witbank If you or anyone you know is suffering from abuse, has had a traumatic experience or is in a toxic relationship, please contact us on 063 221 9630 or woman2woman@uckg.org.za to make an appointment. We are here for you.