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.
This week CALS and MWAO are in Klerksdorp. Today marks the first of over 26 GBV trainings that WAMUA is undertaking across the country to ensure that activists understand the law and are able to support women in mining affected communities @CALS_ZA @WoMin_Africa @Womensrightsan1 pic.twitter.com/2PdvZGvBU0— Mining Affected Communities United in Action (@macua_sa) August 17, 2021
The Mining Affected Communities in United Action - MACUA Provincial Coordinator in North West, Mahadio Mohapi, talks about the importance of the WAMUA GBV Training in Kanana. @WoMin_Africa @CALS_ZA @GlobalFundWomen @MakeWomenCount @WMN4SRVL @womensfunding @TheStar_news @eNCA pic.twitter.com/jmED6IaenG— Mining Affected Communities United in Action (@macua_sa) August 17, 2021
WAMUA GBV Training Day 1:Group discussions and plenary... Unpacking the strength and limitations of the law in protecting women in mining communities.# 365 Days of Activism Against GBV@WoMin_Africa @CALS_ZA @GlobalFundWomen @Empower_Women @POWER987News @Mandy_Dintsi @POWA_ZA pic.twitter.com/tdx4zeOELk— Mining Affected Communities United in Action (@macua_sa) August 17, 2021
Meet Lebogang, the YAMUA coordinator at Klerksdorp, attending the WAMUA GBV Training. #365 Days of Activism Against GBV.@SAYCCC1 @yofci_ng @Yes4YouthZA @CitizenJusticeN @WoMin_Africa @CALS_ZA @NicolaSoekoe @ pic.twitter.com/cFvpYE0nCg— Mining Affected Communities United in Action (@macua_sa) August 17, 2021
Day 2 of WAMUA GBV Training: Domestic Violence— Mining Affected Communities United in Action (@macua_sa) August 18, 2021
Today's session will be facilitated by Sheena and Zanele from @CALS_ZA. Today's session explores the types of and risk factors of domestic violence and abuse, the physical and psychological effects. @WoMin_Africa @GlobalFundWomen pic.twitter.com/0gn7DNdkeQ
Kgomotso Jasson, explains why she joined WAMUA and the importance of solidarity amongst women in the community.#365 Days of Activism Against GBV @POWA_ZA @WoMin_Africa @womensassembly @CALS_ZA @sheena_swemmer @NicolaSoekoe @RuralRuwen @Mandy_Dintsi @GlobalFundWomen pic.twitter.com/fo0ttnAZch— Mining Affected Communities United in Action (@macua_sa) August 18, 2021
Day 3 of the WAMUA GBV Training in Klerksdorp- the session focus today is Obstetric Violence.— Mining Affected Communities United in Action (@macua_sa) August 19, 2021
The term “obstetric violence” originated in South America in 2007. @POWA_ZA @WoMin_Africa @sheena_swemmer @GlobalFundWomen @TheWIPCentre @womensassembly @RuralRuwen @NicolaSoekoe pic.twitter.com/WJop83MOrS
Refilwe Seduku, talks about the forms of obstetric violence and discrimination women in Kanana face at the local clinic when seeking medical care and assistance . @POWA_ZA @HealthZA @MakeWomenCount @Mandy_Dintsi @GlobalFundWomen @Powerfm987 @LukhonaMnguni @WoMin_Africa pic.twitter.com/Jq3HhJObYb— Mining Affected Communities United in Action (@macua_sa) August 20, 2021