Speaking Out

Speaking Out

Date: July 27, 2009
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Many survivors of violence feel that they are unable to speak about their experiences for negative consequences. This includes the fear of being ostracized and judged by their families and communities; the fear of retaliation through more violence; of not being believed; or of having to relive their trauma. Despite progressive legislation and law reform, women’s experience of the criminal justice system and the response by society as a result of cultural and social norms do not create the conditions in which survivors of violence feel safe enough to speak out.

The launch of the ‘I’ Stories in 2004 provided a positive outlet for first hand accounts and an alternative source of information and reporting on this issue that affects our entire community. For the writers, the ‘I’ stories are empowering À“ telling their story often forms the transition from victim into survivor.

Event Time Venue
Speaking Out 10.30 Arrival
11.00 – 12.00  Survivors of GBV share their stories
Gender Links Office


Pontsho K Segwai
NISAA Institute for Women’s Development
Tel: 011 854 5804/5
Tshipinare Marumo
People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA)
Tel: 011 642 4345/6
Busisiwe Dhlamini
Stop Woman Abuse Helpline Project Co-ordinator
Tel:   011  715  2000

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