In order to be pro-active in the women’s rights discourse, POWA has initiatives that provide sector capacity building and strengthening, law reform, research, campaigning, knowledge creation and dissemination, rights education and regional and international strategic engagement. These activities work towards keeping the issue of women’s rights with specific focus on violence against women on the national agenda.
1. RIGHT’S EDUCATION
Part of the responsibilities of all branch offices is to engage with their surrounding communities in rights education. This process is done through community meetings , community conversations and formal workshops on understanding Human rights with specific focus on women’s right and access to justice.
2. SHELTERING AND COUNSELLING
As an organization, we provide individual face-to-face counselling, group counselling and telephonic counselling to women whom have experienced violence. In addition, we provide child play therapy for children who reside in our shelters of safety with their mothers.
Women can access our counselling through our branch offices. We currently have 6 satellite offices and 2 confidential shelters. Our offices are strategically located in areas for women from economically disadvantaged communities and women from the Johannesburg inner city for easy to access services.
As we provide free services to all women in South Africa, we ensure that access is not an additional challenge to the already overwhelming challenges for women to access their rights. This approach assists with the reduction of women’s vulnerability due to economic/financial dependencies that play a huge role in violence against women. Our activities address issues of safety and security that are fundamental to rights for all in South Africa.