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City and Women Lead Movement launch ambitious GBV campaign<p>​</p><span><p>‘The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the increased rate of gender-based violence (GBV). In many instances, women and young girls have become trapped in abusive households in communities that turn a blind eye, or where communities fail to report or support victims of GBV. We are committed to fighting both the pandemic and ending the negative cycle that GBV creates. Women Lead Movement is one of many organisations that successfully completed application for Grant-in-aid, and the City is distributing more than R19 million in total,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.<br> <br>The City will, together with Women Lead Movement, launch a GBV awareness campaign that seeks to empower women and communities with the necessary information to recognise and report heinous acts of violence against women and young girls.  Women Lead Movement, established in 2017, promotes and advocates for gender equality as well as an active and participatory citizenry.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /></figure></span><p>‘Women Lead Movement would like to express our sincere appreciation to the City, in particular Dr Badroodien, for his unwavering support and commitment to NGOs fighting the scourge of GBV in the city. With their support we will be launching one of the most expansive GBV Awareness and Prevention programmes aimed at directly reaching 1 000 young people aged 18 to 35.<br> <br>‘The programmes will be implemented in eight previously disadvantaged communities including Bellville South, Elsiesriver, Delft, Khayelitsha, Mfuleni, Atlantis, Lavender Hill, and Mitchells Plain. Some of these communities were identified as the GBV hotspots by the South African Police Services.<br> <br>‘This programme will be presented against the backdrop of high unemployment, low levels of citizen involvement and communities prone to extreme violence. We are charged, motivated and ready to serve to effect meaningful change in the lives of so many young people who we believe will be equipped through our programme to lead the charge for transformation in their respective communities,’ said Women Lead Movement founder and executive director, Melene Rossouw.</p><p>The organisation is based in Bellville, but their reach extends across the country and beyond the borders.</p><p>‘The City is committed to providing assistance to as many community organisations as possible, especially during this time when the Covid-19 pandemic has brought many funding opportunities to a halt. There are many heroes within our suburbs who see to the needs of those less privileged and while we’re unable to help everyone, we spread the funding across a wide range of organisations,’ said Councillor Badroodien.</p><p>The recent signing of the MOA is an important regulatory mechanism for financial management in ensuring that the sponsorship is disbursed for the intended purposes. </p><p>Overall, just over R19m in grants-in-aid will benefit 32 community organisations, which provide assistance to persons living on the street, Early Childhood Development Centres as well as shelters working with survivors of gender-based violence.</p><p>‘This is the biggest group of recipients who receive the most money as they work with the most vulnerable in our communities. By supporting them, we are able to help so many more who need their specialised services,’ said Councillor Badroodien.</p><p><strong>The below list shows the breakdown in funding per category:</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Youth Involvement - R 3 189 516</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">People living with disabilities – R1 797 900</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Early Childhood Development – R598 000</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Street People – R7 493 690</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Substance Abuse – R610 000</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Gender Based Programmes – R3 160 400</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Arts and Culture – R 2 319 600 </div></li></ul><p>Please note the amount on the cheque in the photograph is the total amount of grants in aid distributed.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p><span><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> </figure>​​</span>2021-07-21T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#2b5ed315-ebe9-4507-9d95-d6a08316660a;L0|#02b5ed315-ebe9-4507-9d95-d6a08316660a|Gender based violence;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#67a38274-6eb4-4def-a739-b18585ff953d;L0|#067a38274-6eb4-4def-a739-b18585ff953d|early chidhood development centre10

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