Shukumisa is made up of NGOs, community-based organisations, research institutions and legal services. Our members work with adults, children, people with disabilities, sex workers and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and intersex community and other key populations.
Our mission is to ensure that South Africa takes the problem of sexual violence seriously, as evidenced by well crafted, well implemented legislation derived from broad-based public participation processes.
Shukumisa is not registered as a legal entity. It operates as a coalition of organisations through collaboration under one umbrella. Our democratically elected steering committee is made up of 10 Shukumisa members and the hosting organisation. Shukumisa has a full time coordinator currently based at the Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust.
The Shukumisa Coalition operates nationally targeting three thematic areas under which it runs different projects. Members actively support the projects and are organised in task teams/working groups according to these themes. They are held together through email correspondences and, subject to availability of funding, theme specific meetings and workshops.
All projects also aim to empower communities to effectively mobilise for access to justice and to challenge prevailing myths, stereotypes and practices relating to sexual violence.
Throughout the history of the coalition several things have remained constant – capacity building amongst members, the use of multiple strategies to achieve goals, and an unwavering commitment to promoting the rights and needs of survivors of sexual violence.