Gender-Based Violence Plan to Sustain Survivors Funded by Solidarity Fund.
June 2021 Gender-Based Violence survivors Support.
Siyakholwa Supported by Solidarity Fund to break the cycle of Gender-Based Violence.
When our President called gender-based violence (GBV) the ‘second pandemic’ in South Africa, the simmering issue was finally acknowledged as a national crisis. However, for Siyakholwa & Team, GBV has always been the ‘first pandemic’. We have not just spoken out about it during Women’s Month or the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. But, we have done so at every opportunity we had since 2010 in marginalised communities.
South Africa has one of the highest levels of intimate partner violence globally, with as many as 51% of South African women experiencing such violence, according to the 2021 Human Rights Watch Report. And while it is gratifying that the issue is finally being taken seriously at a policy level – with Siyakholwa playing a role in shifting the national discourse and trying to change behaviour – much more needs to be done.