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Gender Based Violence and Climate Change

What is gender-based violence?

Gender-based violence (GBV) refers to the violence inflicted on a person (adult or child) due to stereotypes and roles attributed to or expected of them according to their gender identity.

Where does Climate Change come in?

Climate change impacts such as natural disasters and environmental degradation often exacerbate existing gender inequalities and increase the prevalence of violence against women. Learn more →

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Global perspective

Climate change exacerbates gender-based violence (GBV) globally and in South Africa. Extreme weather events linked to climate change, like floods and droughts, increase violence towards women and gender minorities. With 80% of climate change-displaced persons being women, they face heightened risks of sexual violence and other forms of GBV, underlining the urgent need for integrated climate and gender equality strategies.

The law protect you

South Africa's legal framework against Gender-Based Violence includes the 1998 Domestic Violence Act, focusing on domestic abuse prevention and victim protection. The 2012 Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act criminalizes various forms of sexual violence. The 1998 Maintenance Act ensures financial support for dependents, while the 2011 Protection from Harassment Act addresses stalking and harassment, providing broader protective measures for victims.

Seeking refuge

If you're aware of someone facing Gender-Based Violence (GBV) amidst the challenges posed by climate change, and feel ill-equipped to help, please reach out to us. As an NGO dedicated to addressing both GBV and climate-related issues, we provide essential support and resources. Your initiative in connecting with us can be a vital step in making a meaningful impact.

Lets have a chat

Let's talk about it. Unresolved trauma can manifest in various ways, including addictive behaviors, difficulty managing conflict, anxiety, confusion, and depression. It might also lead to a deep-seated belief in one's lack of worth. Recognizing these symptoms is crucial for healing, and we're here to support you through this journey towards recovery and self-acceptance.



Professional counselling session

  • Psycho-social support for survivors
  • Counselling for perpetrators
  • Advocacy for survivors
  • Co-ordination with downstream professionals



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Climate Change initiatives

  • Greening programs in the disadvantaged areas
  • Waste management programs for poor people.
  • Environments preservation programs.
  • Awareness campaigns




Enlightening our community

  • Social behavioural change trainings for youths
  • Violence prevention education programmes
  • Parenting skills programs


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Tshepiso Offices

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