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Girl gang fears at Cape school

February 29, 2016

By: Saafia FebruaryCape Town – A vicious girl gang is causing havoc outside a Bonteheuwel high school where they are trying to recruit new members. Terrified learners at Modderdam High say they have become rich pickings for the all-girl A-Team of Golden Gate. But a gang war is now brewing because their rivals, the Stupas

Poetry

February 9, 2016

During their stay in the shelter, the women have many opportunities to talk about their experiences and express their feelings, to their counsellor or to one another. Sometimes it helps to write it down…

Tronke Sonder Tralies

February 9, 2016

Prisons Without Bars Terwyl ek in die supermark na die gesigte om My kyk, wonder ek hoeveel siele is soos myne in `n Tronk sonder tralies – `n tronk van emosionele en verbale geweld. Hoeveel voete in fyn skoene het ook weer die bewaarder met wie Ons getroud is se landmyn afgetrap. Die tronk het

I am free!!

February 9, 2016

Too many traumas, heartaches, bitterness, sadness, loneliness are in my life Today it must come to an end; today I have risen above my circumstances Today is my day I am not in his house any more, although I have nothing now I AM FREE !!

Poem of appreciation

February 9, 2016

We all have our doubts and from time to time we all lose our way; but to be fully human is to believe in something or someone, to know that it’s possible to face the unimaginable and somehow to put one foot in front of the other until you manage to find your home again.

Clothesline Project

February 9, 2016

The Clothesline Project centrally involves women and children who write or paint onto T-shirts testimony of their direct experiences of violence and abuse. This national project employs the metaphor of “hanging out society’s dirty laundry”, and the public disclosure of abuse is often therapeutic for those who choose to do so. This collaboration between the

Digital Diaries Project

February 9, 2016

The Saartjie Baartman Centre undertook a pilot digital diaries project during the period August – December 2010 with seed funding provided by Take Back the Tech Small Grants. Internationally known film maker Shelley Barry was contracted as facilitator and Irma Maharaj coordinated the project. The process entailed weekly training and recording workshops for the duration

Protection orders “just a piece of paper”

February 9, 2016

The Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children has raised concern around a disregard for protection orders, “these are put in place for a very real and valid reason, yet all to often there is little value attached to the order. In some instances law enforcement officials are not equipped to deal with a protection

Gender based violence at an all time high

February 9, 2016

On an average day in South Africa, three women will die at the hands of her intimate partner. This single act of violence will alter the course of so many lives; the children, the families, the perpetrator and the victim whose death was entirely avoidable. Violence against women cuts across all socio-economic and demographic classes;

Children caught in the crossfire

February 9, 2016

The Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children has raised concern around escalating levels of violence against children. Based in Manenberg on the Cape Flats, the Centre attributes the increased levels of violence towards an increase in violence in general, with children being caught in the crosswire – be it gang related or domestic violence.