A non-governmental organisation (NGO) is making strides in the fight against gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF) in Mthatha, Eastern Cape. In 2021, the National Development Agency (NDA) gave the Umtata Women's Support Centre (UWSC) R300 000 in funding for its Masiphunge Women Empowerment Programme (MWEP).
The programme provides a safe space for women to heal and promotes physical and spiritual well-being. In addition, women are recruited as GBVF whistle-blowers in their communities. UWSC Programme Director Kholiwe Nongauza says the MWEP, though various courses focuses on prevention through the justice system, care, healing and economic opportunities.