Ilitha Labantu – Organisation
Gugulethu Office: Ny 22 No 26a Gugulethu
Khayelitsha Office: Shop 5 Isivivana Centre, 8 Mzala Street
Civil society and community based organisations, NGOs/CBOs
Children, Criminal justice system, Domestic violence / Intimate partner violence, Gender-based violence, Prevention concepts, Sexual violence, Social justice for young women, Victim support, Violence in Schools and Educational Institutions
Ilitha Labantu, established in 1989, is a social service and educational organisation that focuses on addressing violence against women and children and supporting those affected by it. Founded by Mandisa Monakali, at its inception, it was the only organisation in the Western Cape that served to empower women in townships and to address issues related to domestic violence, political violence and the abuse of women and children’s rights.
To assist in the elimination of all kinds of violence especially those that occur in the domestic domain where the ideology of privacy is strong.
We strive to end violence and abuse against women and children in disadvantaged communities. We provide emotional support, practical advice, education and training for coping with and addressing violence against women and children. We utilize interactive and inclusive methodologies in our education and empowerment programs
Our solutions therefore seek to prevent and eliminate all forms of violence by empowering survivors, sanctioning perpetrators, seeking justice for victims, and working with communities so that they take the responsibility to recongnise and denounce violence. Our work is guided by national comprehensive policy and normative framework which focuses on the elimination of gender-based violence in line with international standards. Our key pillar is therefore violence prevention with a focus on tackling the root causes of violence such as inter-generational poverty and negative gender norms and stereotypes.
1. Clinical programme / Psychosocial Support
Walk-in service centre for survivors
2. Policy and Advocacy
Para-legal services, Court support and Assistance, Assist in Application of Protection Order (Philippi Court) and Lobbying
3. Outreach and Education
Clinics, Schools, Church visitations, public awareness, community workshops and trainings
4. Employment Readiness Building Bridges programme
Skills development programmes. Closes the gap between life experience and job readiness
5. Dorothy Zihlangu Transitional House
Providing three months shelter for abused women and their children
6. Comprehensive Food Security
Food distribution centre and community nutritional development centres