Women For Change (WFC) is a non-profit organisation established in 2016 that advocates for the constitutional rights of women and children in South Africa. WFC educates, advocates, and campaigns on Gender-Based Violence & Femicide (GBVF), Human Rights, and Gender Equality daily.
We engage with the public via social media platforms, reaching up to 15 million people monthly influencing policymakers and public opinion. WFC assists victims and families with vital resources such as medical assistance, legal assistance, counsellors, information about GBVF and how to handle each case.
We have collaborated with other GBVF organisations, attorneys, advocates, and activists to provide the best possible support for victims of GBVF in South Africa. While utilising social media platforms, we have created a safe space for victims of sexual assault to speak up and receive support. With our expansive social media reach, WFC has grown into one of the largest GBV movements in South Africa.
Pillars of work:
1. Raising awareness about gender-based and sexual violence and femicide;
2. Educating about gender-based and sexual violence and femicide;
3. Providing victim support, legal support, and referral services for survivors and the families of victims of GBVF; and
4. Advocating for the rights and justice of survivors/victims of GBVF.
Vision & Mission
Vision – Women For Change envisions a world where every woman and child lives without fear of violence, enjoying a life of dignity, equality, and freedom.
Our ultimate aim is to build a South Africa where sexual assault is rare, and survivors are supported and believed.
Mission – Women For Change, a women’s rights-based, non-governmental organisation, was founded to advocate for the constitutional rights of women and children in South Africa.
Our dedication lies in eradicating gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF), raising awareness, offering support to victims/survivors and their families, and advocating for advanced justice through technology.
Our immediate objectives are to:
- Increase awareness about gender-based and sexual violence and femicide to millions of individuals across our social media platforms and website;
- Provide effective education on ending violence against women and children by reaching millions of South Africans between the ages of 13 – 60 years.
- Provide vital victim support services, legal support and referrals for survivors and the families of victims of GBVF, thereby fostering recovery and restoration. We have developed an effective nationwide referral network with GBV organisations through which survivors and families of victims can receive various free services.
- Advocate for the promotion of rights and justice for survivors/victims of GBVF, and the elimination of violence against women and children in South Africa.
- Promote research, statistics, and advocacy to end GBVF, influencing policymakers, public opinion, and society.
Facts about GBVF in South Africa
Gender-based violence and femicide are profound and widespread problems in South Africa. In urban and rural communities, women and children are brutalised every day across the country. Lack of action by the government allows perpetrators to act with impunity.
- The rate of femicide in South Africa is 5x higher than the global average.
- One woman is murdered every 2.5 hours.
- 4 169 women were murdered in 2022/23.
- 1 192 children were murdered in 2022/23.
- 43 037 rape cases were reported to the police in 2022/23.
- 53 888 sexual offences were reported to the police in 2022/23.
- It is estimated that more than 95% of sexual offences are not reported.
- South Africa has the 4th highest death rate from interpersonal violence of 183 countries– the highest rate outside a war zone.
These terrifying statistics show that gender-based violence and femicide are at crisis levels.
We envision a world where every woman and child lives without fear of violence, enjoying a life of dignity, equality, and freedom. Our ultimate aim is to build a South Africa where sexual assault is rare, and survivors are supported and believed so that no woman has to say #metoo anymore.
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