Below is a summary of the organisations that the 1st for Women Insurance Trust has recently supported:
SONKE GENDER JUSTICE NETWORK
Sonke Gender Justice Network (Sonke) was established in 2006. The organisation works across Africa with the mandate to strengthen the capacity of government, civil society organisations and citizens to support men and boys to take action in the promotion of gender equality, prevention of gender-based violence (GBV) and sexual violence, and reduce the spread and impact of HIV and Aids in society. The organisation believes that this approach will contribute to the development of a society in which men, women, youth and children can enjoy equitable, healthy and happy relationships that contribute to the development of a just and democratic society.
LITTLE SAINTS OF BETHANY
Little Saints of Bethany (Bethany) was founded in 1989 with the aim of rehabilitating abused women and reintegrating them into society. Bethany House currently accommodates 54 women and children. Each woman is assessed upon admission and an individual rehabilitation programme is developed for her. Women may stay between six and 12 months, and sometimes longer if necessary.
CAPE MENTAL HEALTH SOCIETY
Cape Mental Health Society was established in 1913 and is the oldest mental health society in South Africa. The organisation offers a range of mental health services to people with intellectual and/or psychiatric disabilities. Services include: counselling; support groups; skills training; and psychological and physical rehabilitation of people with disabilities.
LIFELINE AND RAPE CRISIS PIETERMARITZBURG
LifeLine Pietermaritzburg was established in 1972 with a focus on providing emotional wellness to surrounding communities in the Pietermaritzburg (PMB) area. LifeLine Pietermaritzburg has broadened its scope of work by integrating its programmes with a rape crisis centre that provides sexual assault survivors with specialised care. Counseling services are in the form of one-on-one, face-to-face, online (via email) and telephone processes. These services are offered 24 hours a day, free of charge. Other services include training (including corporate) and capacity-building workshops on HIV/Aids, and victim empowerment services.
Afrika Tikkun was established in 1994. It runs projects in Gauteng (Orange Farm, Alexander, Diepsloot and Hillbrow) and in the Western Cape (Delft and Mfuleni). The organisation aims to uplift disadvantaged communities in partnerships with community structures through various development interventions. Its initiatives concentrate on care for vulnerable children and orphans in poverty-stricken communities and informal settlements.
MASIMANYANE WOMEN'S SUPPORT CENTRE
Masimanyane Women’s Support Centre (MWSC) was established in 1996 as a small grassroots organisation providing counselling to women and girls from marginalised communities. As it grew, the organisation became a leader in the field of gender-based violence, with the specific focus of eradicating gender-based violence to achieve a healthy, safe, secure, responsible and supportive society for all women and girl children.
MASISUKUMENI WOMEN’S CRISIS CENTRE
MThe Masisukumeni Women’s Crisis Centre is based in rural Nkomazi in Mpumalanga. The centre provides support and assistance to survivors of gender-based violence, and advocates against violence through community-based public programmes. Masisukumeni offers counselling services, paralegal assistance and public education on domestic violence, rape, HIV/Aids, health and reproductive rights. Many of the centre's beneficiaries are among the most marginalised groups in South Africa, such as refugee women. Masisukumeni is geographically situated on the border of South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique.
RAPE CRISIS CAPE TOWN
Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust (RCCTT) was founded in 1976 and is the oldest organisation dealing with adult rape in South Africa. RCCTT provides free 24-hour face-to-face and telephonic counselling to survivors, family and friends and a comprehensive referral service, as well as support groups for survivors and assistance in court preparation. RCCTT also offers training to members of the criminal justice system, to community groups and youth both within and outside of the school system. RCCTT advocacy activities are implemented through existing services of counselling and training combining deterrent, preventive and restorative interventions into a comprehensive strategy.
SAMILA GENDER COUNSELLING AND SUPPORT SERVICES
Samila Gender Counselling and Support Services (Samila) was established in 2006 and is based in Khayelitsha in the Western Cape. Samila is a Xhosa word for “we are rooted”. Samila’s main goal is to promote and protect family stability and community safety through the provision of culturally appropriate services that prevent, reduce or stop gender-based violence.
THOHOYANDOU VICTIM EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMME
The Thohoyandou Victim Empowerment Programme (TVEP) was established in 1997 and legally registered in 2002. It is situated in Sibasa in Limpopo Province. TVEP runs nine rights-based interventions which provide a holistic and integrated range of support, prevention and empowerment services, predominantly to women and children.
CANCER ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AFRICA
The Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa) is a community-driven and volunteer-based organisation. It was established in 1931 by a group of doctors concerned about the high incidence of cancer in South Africa. The organisation offers integrated services to the public and all those affected by cancer. It conducts research, and findings and knowledge gained from that research are used to realign health programmes and focus its advocacy role to benefit health systems.
HPV CERVICAL CANCER RESEARCH FUND
The HPC Cervical Cancer Research Fund (HCCRF) was established by the South African Human Papilloma Virus Advisory Board (SA HPV), which represents all major academic centres in South Africa. The fund is governed by a board convened by the South African Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (SASOG), which promotes equity in women’s health. The board consists of senior members of SASOG specialising in gynaecological oncology, public health, pathology and microbiology, who are experts in sexually transmitted infections and human papilloma virus.
RIGHT TO CARE
Right to Care is a non-profit organisation established in 2001 that provides and supports the provision of care and treatment to HIV-positive individuals who cannot afford HIV medical care. It provides antiretroviral therapy (ART) and performs HIV tests. Right to Care works in close partnership with national and provincial departments of health and supports sites in five provinces – namely Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, Western Cape and Free State.