Responding to gender based violence through advocacy and lobbying.

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What we do

Zivikele empowers communities in combating all forms of Gender Based Violence (GBV). We strive for gender equality and the eradication of HIV/Aids in the SADC-region. What's more we pride ourselves on creating communities that are responsible with - and knowledgeable of their human rights.

Through strategic Advocacy and Lobbying we bridge the gaps that exist between service providers in support of governmental departments, traditional healers and civil society. At the same time we provide a reliable and trusted channel for donors and corporations who wish to contribute to our ongoing battle against GBV and HIV/Aids.

'I Commit to' fight GBV&HIV.
Swedish Ambassador, P.Teijler signs the
Zivikele Pledge at World AIDS Day
event in Pretoria

As enabler of access to support structures in all matters related to Gender Based Violence, Zivikele's core activities include:

  • Advocacy and Lobbying with key stakeholders and role-players in public sector and NGO sectors.
  • Training of service providers at first point of response to address GBV and HIV/Aids in traditional leadership, government departments and civil society.
  • Providing and maintaining of a GBV and HIV/Aids online database of service providers who manage clients of human rights abuse, GBV and HIV/ AIDS.
  • Contributing to Policy and Legislative change to address and mainstream the needs of vulnerable groups through further Advocacy and Lobbying.

Training the Trainers.

Zivikele has successfully trained 23 SAPS Skills Development Facilitators and Assessors from the entire KZN Province in SETA accredited Unit Standard based training courses.

This was done in collaboration with the provinces' 2011-2012 theme of Operation Hlasela: Fighting Crime – A Better Vision for Service Delivery, launched by the KZN MEC of Transport, Safety and Security, Mr Willies Mchunu. Zivikele received special mention at the Annual KZN Police Award Ceremony as outstanding service provider to the province.

Under the direction of the Safety and Security MEC, Zivikele together with technical experts from KZN SAPS and Community Safety & Liaison established a provincial Monitoring and Evaluation tool for Police Stations and introduced GBV Law Enforcement training material, a first among the nine provinces.

WORLD AIDS DAY 2011 – SA launches HIV AIDS & TB Plan 2012-2016.

December 01, 2011 marked the 23rd Anniversary of WORLD AIDS DAY (WAD), making it the longest running international health commemorative day.

Until December 2012 the global theme for the WAD Campaign will be "Getting to Zero New HIV Infections, Zero AIDS-related Deaths, and Zero Discrimination." Through this theme Zivikele encouraged individuals and communities to global efforts that promote non–discriminatory and non–judgmental access to adequate HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.

Zivikele participated in this annual event, celebrated in the Eastern Cape under the subtheme "I am Responsible, We are Responsible and South Africa is taking Responsibility". During the 2011 World Aids Day Campaign, the Deputy President and Minister of Health officially launched the NDOH NSP 2012-2016 Strategic Plan, including specific deliverables and health outcomes related to gender based violence prevention and placed emphasis on providing universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. This is complementary to the global theme as South Africa will continuously strive to achieve zero HIV infections.

World AIDS Day was first observed as a commemorative event on 1 December 1988 when Health Ministers from around the world met under the auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO) and agreed to create an opportunity to show solidarity for the global fight against HIV and AIDS.

Major Changes in Law & Legislation to combat GBV and groundbreaking Training.

Zivikele has worked hard in its Advocacy Campaigns to influence governments' policy, strategy and certain laws relating to Sexual Offences and Gender Based Violence.

One of our achievements working collaboratively with key stakeholders in the field of GBV & HIV/AIDS was the major changes in the Sexual Offences Act of Dec.2007, rewriting what constitutes Rape and other forms of sexual abuse.

Under the direction of the Safety and Security MEC, Zivikele together with technical experts from KZN SAPS and Community Safety & Liaison established a provincial Monitoring and Evaluation tool for Police Stations and introduced GBV Law Enforcement training material, a first among the nine provinces.

Changes in Sexual Offences Legislation - to combat GBV and Rape.

Abstract: Effective as of 16th of December 2007, President Thabo Mbeki signed into criminal law the law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act, No. 32 of 2007, providing new measures of protection for mentally disabled people, children and vulnerable groups, including women. Revised sections provide for the implementation of Chapters 1 to 4 and 7 to deal with the creation of statutory sexual offences and new descriptors for what constitutes rape. Link to SA government site: Sexual Offences Act

Zivikele has worked hard in its Advocacy Campaigns to influence governments' policy, strategy and certain laws relating to Sexual Offences and Gender Based Violence.

One of our achievements working collaboratively with key stakeholders in the field of GBV & HIV/AIDS was the major changes in the Sexual Offences Act of Dec.2007, rewriting what constitutes Rape and other forms of sexual abuse.

Achieving Academic Support.

In 2010-2011 Zivikele signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with University of South Africa UNISA, to do training delivery of HIV and GBV related skills development.

This will go a long way to advancement of formal certification and the career enhancement of participants who receive future training from Zivikele. The Unisa MOU allows us to tap into the domestic academic pool in SA as well as partner the likes of Botswana, Swaziland and Lesotho Universities and other institutions in the SADC region, increasing the sustainability of Zivikele programmes.

The graph below depicts training done by Zivikele in GBV & HIV/AIDS utilising Unisa and Zivikele collaborators.

When we engage providers at first points of response Zivikele places the victims' interest, equality and rights in the center of service delivery. With a limited staff of four professionals, we hosted twenty one Advocacy Forums during 2011, where ten of the interventions were fully counterpart funded by government and partners in three provinces. Zivikele managed to provide a total 1868 stakeholders with increased knowledge of social justice issues, able to refer to the relevant legal instruments and capable of sharing skills with others. A total of 10 Capacity Building workshops were held, with UNISA resulting in a throughput of 113 Station Commanders in leadership positions. A 2011 highlight was an Award Ceremony through the MEC's office for police and detectives declared Fully Competent under the SETA education and training that Zivikele facilitated. This year a total of 911 multi sector staff from government, civil society and traditional leaders received GBV/HIV&AIDS competencies, from a proposed target of 285. The over achievement was made possible by government providing counterpart resources and funding. We could not provide training to 80 members due to other commitments during COP17 and other international events hosted in SA; we aim to train them in 2012

 

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