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Rape prevention programme coming to SA

MEDIA RELEASE Local organisation NACOSA will be the first to implement No Means No Worldwide’s evidence-based IMpower programme in South Africa. The announcement comes at a critical time in South Africa’s battle to turn the tide on sexual and gender based violence and will form one of a number of interventions by civil society working to reinvigorate its campaign to address the scourge. The IMpower violence prevention system offers knowledge, skills and practical strategies that end the cycle of violence by teaching boys to respect and support women and girls, and empowering girls to stand up for their rights. “What…

Positive policing and sex work

A report, produced by Sonke Gender Justice, has been published documenting the proceedings from a roundtable discussion on policing and sex work as part of the Positive Policing Partnership (PPP) which NACOSA is part of. Chaired by Marlise Richter (from Sonke Gender Justice), the roundtable comprised a panel of five experts from the sex work, law enforcement and civil society sectors. Through discussing ways of creating more positive relationships between law enforcement and sex workers, the purpose was to contribute to the aims and objectives of the Positive Policing Partnership (PPP) – and through more positive relationships to reduce human…

POSITIVE POLICING PRACTICES AND SEX WORK

The recent spate of violence against women

As an organisation that has worked in the field of gender based violence for many years, NACOSA is horrified by the latest news of the kidnapping, rape and murder of young women in South Africa. We are a deeply violent country – and our programmes deal with the consequences of this violence daily. Aside from the devastating physical, psychological and social impact of violence, it is also one of the main drivers of our HIV epidemic (the largest in the world with over 7 million South Africans living with HIV). Women’s groups and organisations, including NACOSA, have spent years calling…

Training beyond borders

NACOSA’s motto is ‘we’re stronger together’ which has proved to be the case recently with the NACOSA Training Institute sharing its expertise beyond borders in partnership with Frontline AIDS (previously known as the International HIV/AIDS Alliance). Frontline AIDS’s Regional Financial Management Initiative is providing a year-long accompaniment package of assessment, training and long-term mentoring support to Frontline AIDS partners to strengthen their financial management and onward granting capability. As part of this, the Training Institute visited Frontline AIDS partners in Nigeria, eSwatini and Malawi with a tailored Capacity Assessment Tool (CAT) to establish the baseline functioning of each organisation. A…

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Ten years ago Nomvula*, a 20-year old mother of two living with HIV, would have been extremely ill but with a CD4 count of over 400, she would not have been eligible for treatment. It is likely that at least one of Nomvula’s children would have contracted HIV from her because she mix-fed her babies (breast and bottle feeding). Nomvula’s partner might also have contracted HIV from her and her quality and length of life would be severely compromised. Today, the picture is very different for Nomvula and millions of South Africans like her. Research on prevention and treatment has…

Request for Applications

NACOSA invites South African civil society organisations to participate in the next Global Fund grant for the Sex Work and Adolescent Girls and Young Women Programmes. Go to nacosa.org.za/PROPOSALS for details and forms.

NACOSA members awarded for service excellence

The Eastern Cape Department of Social Development hosted the 2nd Charlotte Makgomo Maxeke Service Excellence Awards in Mthatha on the 28 February 2019. Hosting this event were Social Development MEC, Dr. Pumza Dyantyi and HOD Ms. Ntombi Baart. Mrs. Nomsa Titus, the District Director acknowledged all present with great emphasis on the NPOs who were the stars of the evening. District and Provincial Chairperson of the NPO Forum, Mrs. Vuyelwa Duma, inspired and motivated the NPOs present, acknowledging the hardships they go through tirelessly and passionately serving the people in their communities. She encouraged the small organisations to work together,…

Community-Based Violence Prevention & Response

NACOSA are looking for implementing partners working with Orphans and Vulnerable Children and Youth (OVCY) and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) survivors, or both, for the Community-based Violence Prevention and Linkages to Response in South Africa programme in KwaZulu Natal – eThekwini District and the Western Cape – Mitchell’s Plain and Khayelitsha. The programme is funded by USAID and PEPFAR. Successful implementing partners will be required to ensure bi-directional linking of OVCY and GBV service provision in the selected geographic area. The project aims to address the spectrum of violence against children and adolescent youth & young women using an evidence-based, ecological…

Connecting and communicating

Nolusindiso is HIV positive and a mother of a 12 year old. Before joining Circles of Support she was a loner. She struggled with the idea of her HIV status and found it incredibly difficult to communicate her past to those around her. She didn’t know her mother and lived with her great grandmother until she passed away, then her grandmother until she passed away and was left to her aunts and uncles who would insult her about her status and eventually chased her away. They told her, “this is not your home”. Her mother owned property and she never…

Supporting each other

Bongeka had a very difficult childhood. Her parents died when she was 3 months old and she lived with her aunt and uncle who abused her. She didn’t have the basic things she needed growing up, like school uniforms and stationery or books. “I had this anger inside me, I hated my parents for dying and leaving me so young. That anger grew inside me for many years”. Through the difficulties Bongeka somehow managed to do well at school and pass her Grade 12. At 22 she moved to East London and had a baby while working as a domestic…