GWF South Africa Volunteer Program 2018
Women and girls face violence and bullying all around the world. While we love the impact we are making in the lives of our students here in Toronto, we realize that there are places in the world that have very serious issues of sexual violence against women and girls, that do not have access to programs like ours. That is why we are launching our first volunteer initiative to Cape Town, South Africa in May 2018. We will be working with many women and kids over a period of three weeks, teaching them the most effective techniques for self-defense from the sports of Mixed Martial Arts so that they are prepared to fight back if they are assaulted, and gain confidence in their everyday lives from knowing they can do so.
Cape Town faces very high rates of violent assault, sexual assault, and rape. The police recorded a total of 39,828 rapes in 2015-2016, an average of 109.1 rapes are committed every single day. The Eastern Cape has the highest rate of rape at 105.3 per 100,000 people. In 2016 there were 15,790 child rapes alone. Studies done by the South African police also estimate that about 3.9% of rapes are actually reported to the police. The rate of assault with intent to grievous bodily harm was 467.4 per day in 2016. These statistics are from the South African police department.
The effects of rape and assault are far reaching, including lowered quality of life, fear of safety, diminished mental, physical, and emotional health, sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy, PTSD, depression, and suicide. These consequences do not just affect the victim, but their family, and the community. We believe that our program will help give the women and kids that we work with the tools that may help them defend themselves from rape and assault.
We teach students the most practical techniques for self-defense, we essentially train our students in kickboxing, Brazilian jiu jitsu, and wrestling. We equally focus on confidence building, situational awareness, and teaching students how to use their voice and body language to speak up for themselves and others, and to assert their boundaries to reduce their risk of being targeted.
Our purpose is to empower! The method we attain this through is by showing women and kids the great abilities they have within themselves and their bodies, and showing them that they can indeed defend themselves from violence should they have to. We aim to help form women who are confident in this ability, and who are prepared to stand up for themselves and others against violence and bullying. As serious as personal safety is, we make it a priority to have fun in every class, and promote positivity, teamwork, compassion, integrity, strength, and confidence.
How We Are Doing This:
We have the incredible opportunity to work with two local organizations in Cape Town, The Girl Impact Org, and African Impact. These organizations are coordinating our workshops, spreading the word, and getting us as many students as possible. We could not do this without them! Thank you Ronel and Kaylee!
Corporate Sponsorship and Fundraising!
We are looking for corporations who are interested in sponsoring this program! It is a great opportunity for CSR, supporting causes like women’s safety and empowerment, anti bullying, and fighting violence against women. We are making a T-shirt that will feature our sponsors logos on the back that will be worn during the program and given to kids, and you will also receive mentions in our social media, website, and publicity! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in taking part!
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