Women For Change

Women For Change (WFC) is a non-profit organisation that advocates for the constitutional rights of women and children in South Africa. It was founded in 2016 by Catch Me If You Can, the country’s largest running community for women.

Women For Change educates, advocates and campaign on Gender Based Violence & Femicide, Human Rights and Gender Equality on a daily basis. We engage the general public through our social media pages, which currently get more than 2 million impressions per month. WFC influences policy makers and public opinion.

We have mobilised thousands of women, men and children to participate in our nationwide Women For Change Runs. These events create safe and healthy environments for us all to join the fight against GBVF.

Gender-based violence is a profound and widespread problem in South Africa. Women and children are brutalised everyday across the country, in urban and rural communities. Lack of action by the government allows perpetrators to act with impunity.

Facts about gender-based violence in South Africa:

  • The rate of femicide in South Africa is 5x higher than the global average.
  • One woman is murdered every 3 hours.
  • 2,695 women were murdered in 2019/2020.
  • An average of 146 sexual offences are reported every day.
  • 53,293 sexual offences were reported in 2019/2020.
  • 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 considered – this is the highest rate outside a war zone.

These terrifying statistics show us that gender-based violence and femicide is at crisis levels.

Our aim is to raise awareness, seek justice for survivors and create a country in which there are consequences for abuse.

Help us to eradicate GBVF in South Africa