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The Mitchell’s Plain Care Centre (MPCC) renders services to women and children who have experienced genger-based violence.
- Individual counselling
· Individual counselling is offered to all women in the Mitchell’s Plain area. Women who have experienced violence whether it be domestic violence, rape, or social and economic abuse. Counselling takes place each day on an appontment basis, but clients will be seen immediately in the event of an emergency.
· Therapeutic groupwork takes the form of support groups for women and teenage girls and behaviour modification for boys. The support groups aim to provide a safe environment for women to explore their feelings, learn about the process of abuse and it’s effects on their overall well being and receive guidance and support on how to move forward in their lives.
The behaviour modification groups for boys focuses on releasing and managing anger coupled with life skills on how to negotiate their way through life without the use of violence. These children are referred by the schools and clinics in the area.
· Stakeholder sensitivity training is conducted with the police services, health services and NGO’s with the aim of educating them on the needs of victims of violence.
· Advocacy serves to support women and girls through the legal constucts when they choose to take legal action against a perpatrator.
· Awareness raising programmes are run frequently at schools, religious institutions and the community.
· The story group was started so we could target the very young. Stories are used as a medium to teach them about violence, sexual safety and speaking out about abuse.
· Healing needs to be viewed holistically. For this reason the centre has introduced yoga classes. Yoga is a practice which helps improve flexibility in the body as well as assist with decreasing some common ailments such as high blood pressure, arthiritis and high stress levels.
· The centre also facilitates quarterly nature/adventure outings for the children with the aim of facilitating a life skills programme and provide learning opportunities about our natural heritage.
Outcome report of the UNGASS Workshop hosted by
Woman's Day Celebrations
Women as Agents of Change –Bridging the Generational Gap
“Mosaic’s M&E Manager attended the Community Systems Strengthening (CSS) Indicator Review Session held by the South African Aids Trust (SAT) in Johannesburg on 31.05.2011. The purpose of this session was to review the current CSS Indicators which have been developed by the Global Fund to determine if they are appropriate and sufficient to measure CSS.
M&E representatives from across Africa participated in this full-day review session which was facilitated by representatives from both SAT, The Global Fund and UNAIDS. The Global Fund intends to use the feedback generated from this review session, coupled with feedback received from other Community Based Organisations (CBO’s) globally, to refine and improve on the current CSS indicator sets. Furthermore, this meeting provided an opportunity to network with other M&E experts from across Africa and globally.”
Visit from DA, ID Councillors and the Western Cape
Wynberg based Mosaic, a non-profit organisation focusing on gender-based violence, sexual reproductive health and training for women had discussions with Democratic Alliance leaders as well as the MEC for Economic Affairs Allan Windy recently.
The delegation consisted of Rashied Adams, Kenny Lategan, Shanen Rossouw, Allan Windy, Monty Oliver and new candidate Leslie Isaacs.
They were impressed with the four programmes which form the backbone of services offered to the community by Mosaic. The court program support women through a network of social auxiliary workers, training of court clerks. The Health Clinic offers HIV/Aids counselling, women’s sexual and reproductive health and various services such as contraception, termination of pregnancies and pap smears.
According to Mosaic Executive Director Christelle Cronje, it is vital to keep communication channels open with both public and private sector as well as political role players. “This is vital especially with ever decreasing funding in the current global economic climate. Mosaic will focus on broadening the training programmes to assist women in abused relationships to become more economically viable going forward,” said Cronje.
Social enterprise and training programmes have a two-fold benefit as it improve the skill of staff as well as the services provided. This creates the opportunity to economically empowering these abused women.
According to MEC for Economic Affairs Allan Windy, South Africa has some of the lowest education scores based on statistics from the Global Economic Forum on education and there will be a focus on budget expenditure in these categories. Non-profit organisations need to communicate with departments such as the National Policy Unit to motivate government in making better strategic decisions and need to work closely with initiatives driven by the Provincial Skills Development Forum.