Gender Based Violence

This programme aims to strengthen the fight against Gender Based Violence (GBV) and to provide awareness and education to learners, educators, parents, community based organisations and community members of both genders on what GBV is and how to stop it.

The South African constitution guarantees to all its citizens the freedom from all forms of violence including gender based violence, but sadly many of the residents of the John Taolo Gaetsewe district are victims of daily abuse.
Research has shown that many women do not report or seek care after abuse because violence is seen as a normal portion of life in rural areas (Palermo, Black & Peterman).
The knowledge of unlikely reporting paired with low literacy rates in the district spurred DOCKDA to intervene. One of DOCKDA’s aims is that through both physical infrastructure and the dissemination of information some of the most vulnerable members of rural communities, women and children, will be safeguarded against GBV while the mindset of normalising gender based violence will be eliminated. 
Recent Initiatives
  • A safe house for victims of sexual assault and gender based violence was established as a pilot project in the community of Bothithong. 
  • Safety Talks are held with learners and educators at primary schools to raise awareness around sexual offences, domestic violence and individual rights to one’s body. 
  • Talks and discussions were held during DOCKDA’s 2016 Lekgotla on individual’s rights to freedom from all forms of violence and how to report sexual or violent crimes to the SAPS (South African Police Service) with over 100 individuals in 2 communities. 
  • Community based organisations are provided with small grants to run awareness campaigns during the 16 Days of Activism. In 2016, the local CBOs and community members from surrounding villages held a march in Bothithong with approximately 200 people to raise awareness. 
  • Distribution of over 1,200 safety booklets for learners that discuss sexual offence, what a protection order is, how to report an incident of sexual abuse or assault by using the J88 form, and individual rights when visiting the South African Police Service (SAPS). 
  • Bicycles were distributed to remote schools to supply children with a safer way of transportation to school.