We Will Speak Out SA

WWSOSA is the South African Chapter of the International WWSO Coalition, which works towards transformed, just and reconciled communities where the lives of women, boys and girls are no longer shattered by gender based violence.

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GOAL:

A united and effective faith response to ending sexual and gender based violence in South Africa.

IDENTITY AND MISSION:

We are a membership-initiated and -driven group of organisations and individuals that work together from a faith perspective to end sexual and gender based violence and bring healing in SA.

SHARED VALUES:

The WWSOSA Coalition is rooted in the following values, which members who join ascribe to in their lives and work:

We believe all people are created in God’s image;

We respect and uphold the dignity of all people and the wider creation;

We are guided by those most directly affected;

We believe that God is a God of Justice – and that we are called to work for justice;

We are driven by a commitment to gender equality.

OVERALL STRATEGIES AND OUTCOMES

As a membership coalition, WWSOSA is a coordinating and facilitative body that supports and strengthens the work of its partners to enable a more coordinated and unified response to SGBV[1].

Working from a faith perspective, WWSOSA supports the work of its members in both prevention of SGBV and mitigating its effects, as they contribute to the following agreed outcomes:

Survivors: Survivors of sexual and gender based violence organise themselves for mutual support, and they are accompanied as they make their voices heard through relevant advocacy initiatives.

Advocacy: Faith leaders are challenged and enabled to speak out against sexual and gender based violence.

Faith Communities Engage: Faith communities become safer spaces for survivors of sexual and gender based violence.

Allies: Men and boys are engaged as allies together with women and girls in the struggle against sexual and gender based violence.