South Africa prides itself on exceptional legislation developed for the protection of women against human rights abuses. Yet, every single day we are reminded of the exceeding rates of violence against women – women are not safe in their own homes and they’re certainly not safe in public spaces. What is local government doing about this? Can we rely on local government to address these issues or is it up to citizens to make their communities safe as was recently exclaimed by a ward councilor in khayelitsha.
As a part of the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Based Violence, Heinrich Boell Foundation (HBF) and the Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre (TLAC) have partnered with 3 local community organizations to address and strengthen the partnership between local government and civil society on gender based violence.
For the 2nd of 3 town hall meetings, HBF and TLAC have partnered with Mosaic’s Mitchell’s Plain Care Centre (MPCC) to host an event that engages local government and the community of Tafelsig, Mitchells Plain, on issues of gender-based violence. The MPCC is a one-stop centre that provides key services to survivors of gender-based violence.
Members of the media are invited to attend the event on the 9th of December 2011. Ward Councillor Mr. Arendse represents local government at this event.
Time: 10:30 – 14:00
Venue: City of Cape Town – Youth & Family Centre. C/o AZ Burman Drive & Kilimanjaro Roads; Tafelsig; Mitchell’s Plain.
Contact: Melissa Groenwald (Mosaic) on 021 397 3291 and 0833295119 or Claudia Lopes (HBS) on 0827808682 for more information
 Article on first town hall meeting held by HBS and TLAC in partnership with Free Gender. Maditla, N. (2011, November 30). “Residents seek action on abuse and violence: councillor says it’s up to community”. Cape Argus, p. 13