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Supporting women in mining communities facing gender-based violence

- Lee-Anne Bruce

CALS is partnering with Women Affected by Mining United in Action to host a series of workshops around the country on gender-based violence

The Gender Justice programme at CALS is proud to partner with Women Affected by Mining United in Action (WAMUA) on a series of 26 workshops taking place around the country this year. The purpose of the workshops is to provide members of WAMUA with the information they need to support women in mining-affected communities who are impacted by gender-based violence. Members of our team have developed training materials on three important areas in which we work: domestic violence, obstetric violence and reporting sexual offences. 

The project was successfully piloted online with members of WAMUA's Sekhukhune branch earlier this year. The first in-person set of workshops took place during Women's Month from 17 – 20 August in Klerksdorp. More face-to-face workshops have followed in Kraalhoek and Springbokpan and this week in Emalahleni. We have been encouraged by the level of engagement with the material so far, and we look forward to continuing these important discussions with the WAMUA community in the weeks and months to come.

A huge thank you to the MACUA-WAMUA Advice Office for inviting us to join them and for documenting the workshops. Take a look at some of the photos and videos collected below.