The intense #MeToo discussion in the world did not miss our African continent. It’s call was widely heard and picked up by women and men in our townships as well.
Mostly shared by our Gender Reconciliation community was this video by actress Jody Foster who was calling for exactly what we do in our Gender and Reconciliation programs.
New Programs have taken place with participants from all different countries in South Africa’s Grail Centre in Kleinmond.
Twenty-eight women and men from seven countries – Tanzania, Indonesia, India, Sudan, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and South Africa – have gathered for a four-day introductory Gender Reconciliation Program from 5-8 February 2018 at the Grail Centre in Kleinmond, South Africa.
Through the Gender Reconciliation process, participants are invited to speak truth to their lived experiences as women and men, and hold witness to each other in a sacredly-held space. They share about mutual violence and pain between women and men, possible solutions and harsh community realities.
Next to this international program, all our local community programs in the townships and prisons continue to take place.
Victory for Equality started in collaboration with Photographer Leonard Faustle, a multimedia project, by taking photos and sound recordings of the
participants. Both men and women, living in the Genadendal area, Theewaterskloof in The Western Cape.
This region, tortured by poverty, drug abuse, domestic violence and inequality, located in the leap of its predominantly white and rich neighbour village Greyton, became the scenery of a several years research area for Victory for Equality’s Director Caroline Dusée.
The people from Genadendal are telling about their daily lives and struggle. We have now started to record and visualize their lives and stories.
We are looking for resources to complete our project.
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A Heart-warming Christmas and a positive New Year from all of us at Victory for Equality!
May we join together again in 2018 to work towards a more Equal and Merry Christmas for everyone around the globe.
Looking back at Victory for Equality’s history we have always been working with suppressed and neglected groups since its inception in 2006. It began with our first project for indigenous people and education in the Andes in Peru. Afterwards it was followed by a rapid development with our other first big South American project in Ecuador: a program ran and developed by the local people, against domestic violence on the island of Limones. Always established by a comprehensive research prior. With incredible results, improving more than over hundreds of women’s lives.
After moving to Tanzania, the foundation’s work started switching from solely women support- and empowerment projects to the implementation of projects for both women and men.
After years of fundamental research in the Lake Area of the Victoria region, we started working closely together with the local Tanzanian youth to implement our first projects in that region. Not only to support girls and women, but also to involve boys and men equally in the projects. We began outreach programs in local schools in Tanzania. These programs brought boys and girls together in groups to discuss and have a dialogue regarding gender related topics. The results and evaluations of the programs by the youth themselves were proven so positive that they started to expand on their own.
To move forward and further develop on this topic, we were looking for new cornerstones, and found those in South Africa. There we built strong collaborations with several institutions and local partners that are actively specializing in this field. A new perspective and support- model for the Foundation was born. New programs have been set up: Gender Reconciliation Programs.