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Established since 1996, the Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre to End Violence Against Women (Tshwaranang) is a non-profit organisation that promotes and defends the rights of women to live their lives without fear or experience of violence. Our key activities include research, capacity building and advocacy.
Tshwaranang’s overall purpose is to facilitate access to justice for women who have experienced or are at risk of experiencing Gender-Based Violence (GBV).
The Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre to End Violence Against Women (TLAC) is a non-profit organisation that promotes and defends the rights of women to live their lives without fear or experience of violence. Our key activities include research, capacity building and advocacy.
To ensure that women who experience or are at risk of experiencing Gender Based Violence:
- Understand their rights
- Obtain legal remedy and counsel where violence impacts upon them
- Are able to access existing systems and services with confidence their needs will be appropriately addressed
Our Values and Beliefs
Tshwaranang’s beliefs underpin everything that we do. They are what we believe about the world and the people in it, how things are and how they should be. Our Values guide Tshwaranang’s internal conduct as well as our relationship with our external partners and stakeholders
- That women have the right to a life free of violence and it is our mission to deliver justice to those women that are afflicted by violence;
- That women have a right to their own voices and it is our duty to seek out, listen to and amplify those voices;
- That violence has a devastating impact on not just women but on all the people of South Africa and it is as a community that we must respond to the challenge of violence;
- That the work of addressing the entrenched and enduring social challenges facing South Africa begins in our own home and work environments. We will live our values and honor our commitments.
In 2015-16 Tshwaranang is hosting 6 conversations as part of the series, “We Need to Talk…” which aims to facilitate thought provoking conversations that will traverse contentious, challenging and critical issues that are important and relevant to women.
“We Need To Talk… about women’s movements in South Africa”
The conversation will unite original perspectives from a panel of women with diversity of experience across different women’s movements in SA.
Speakers at past events include:
|Sakina Mohamed, People Opposing Women Abuse||‘The National Network on Gender Based Violence’|
|Dianne Massawe, Sex Workers Education Advocacy Taskforce||'The Sex Workers movement for equality and decriminalisation'|
|Zama Ndlovu, National Planning Commission Secretariat & Independent writer||'Why we need a women's movement'|
|Thandiwe Zulu, Regional Manager, Black Sash||‘Black Sash, who are we today and where are we going’|
|Lisa Vetten, Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research||'The history of women's movements and feminism today in South Africa'|
|Portia Kobue, Executive Producer of Interface, SABC 2||Conversation Moderator|
“We Need to talk…” is a series of challenging and thought provoking conversations, sponsored by the MTN SA Foundation as part of their commitment towards raising awareness of gender based violence against women and children in South Africa.
You can find a report of the June conversation “We Need to Talk… about why justice is an aspiration but not a reality for the women of South Africa” by following the link below: