2 Years in Nyanga: Changing the Gender-Based Violence Narrative!
Photo Cred: The Justice Desk

The Justice Desk Mbokodo Club Project celebrates their two-year anniversary of impacting girl-child survivors Gender-Based Violence in Nyanga, the murder capital of South Africa.

 

Cape Town, South Africa (15 October 2020) – This week, The Justice Desk Mbokodo Club celebrates two years of educating, equipping and empowering girl survivors of rape and Gender-Based Violence from the murder capital of South Africa, Nyanga.

With a special focus on self-defence and fitness, female empowerment and leadership workshops, as well as access to mental healthcare support – the many girls aged between 9 and 19 are challenging the status quo, moving from ‘victims’ to ‘victors’, and leading incredible change in their communities.

Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBV-F) continues to plague South Africa as the war on women’s bodies continues. The only way we can begin to dismantle the drivers of GBV-F is through active participation in challenging the patriarchal societal norms, that undermine the existence, respect and protection of women and the girl-child.

The Justice Desk is an award-winning Human Rights Organisation which operates across South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. We empower local people to understand and defend their Human Rights to build safer communities for all!

The Justice Desk does incredible work in addressing gender-based violence across South Central Africa. Within the township of Nyanga, we started “The Mbokodo Club” (The Rock Club) – a project that focuses on offering female empowerment, leadership and self-defence workshops to girl survivors of gender-based violence and rape, between the ages of 11 and 19.

The Justice Desk CEO, Jessica Dewhurst, reflects on the past two years, “Watching the incredible transformation in each one of our Mbokodo Queens is truly a gift. From having had the privilege of hosting The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, in Nyanga, to bringing on an additional group of girls this year – our Mbokodo girls, the Nyanga community and our incredible partners, are truly making a great impact in the country. TJD will continue to champion these change-makers, and drive true transformation through our belief in ‘Everyday Activism’.”

To support the work of The Justice Desk or The Mbokodo Club, head to justicedesk.org.


Sources: The Justice Desk or The Mbokodo Club
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