The Ndabezitha Izimbizo Project is part of the broader Ndabezitha Programe, which is an initiative led by the NPA Sexual Offences and Community Affairs Unit in partnership with the DOJ& CD’ Chief Directorate of the Promotion of the Rights of Vulnerable Persons, the National House of Traditional Leaders and the Malibongwe Women’s Development Organisation.
It is basically a public awareness and legal education initiative aimed at empowering rural communities on the issues of domestic violence. It is a project that seeks not only to bridge the gap in service provision between urban and rural communities, but also between men and women, and boys and girls.
The objective of the Ndabezitha Programme and Ndabezitha Izimbizo Project
The broad objective of the Ndabezitha Programme is to fight domestic violence in rural communities.
The Ndabezitha Izimbizo, as a project of Ndabezitha Programme, aims to:
- Empower rural men and boys on domestic violence and its laws.
- Engage men and boys in developing strategies to combat and prevent domestic violence, and also engender positive behavioural changes in domestic relationships.
- Develop strategies to integrate restorative justice as an intervention mechanism in domestic violence.
- Educate people in rural communities on sexual violence and human trafficking, particularly in instances linked to domestic relationships.
- Empower rural women and girls on issues of domestic violence and legal intervention.
- Engage rural women and girls in collaborative work with men and boys towards developing strategies to combat and prevent domestic violence in rural communities.
- Educate rural women and girls on restorative justice as an effective intervention measure in domestic violence.
- Rural men and boys of no particular age.
- Role-players in rural communities active in the intervention process in domestic violence.
- 900 community members and 100 role-players (including members of the Ndabezitha alliance)
- 600 of the 900 community members must be men and boys.
The target areas have been identified from the provinces where traditional houses are located. They are:
- Eastern Cape
- Northern Cape (including the Western Cape Khoi-San Council)
- Eastern Cape
- North West
The imbizo schedule
The Izimbizo schedule is as follows:
- Moshana Village, Lehurutse District, from 10h00 to 15h00
Date: 3 February 2010
Time: 10 am
Venue: Moshana Village, Lehurutshe
Interviews will be conducted with the Head of the SOCA Unit, Adv Majokweni and the Project Manager for the Ndabezitha Izimbizo Project, Adv Kambula, under the guidance of the NPA Communication Unit.
Radio interviews will be conducted by Adv Tsidi Kambula
Newspaper interviews will be conducted by Adv Thoko Majokweni
For any information please contact the following:
Adv Joey Mabote:
Cell: 084 874 5302
Tel: 012 845 6947
Adv Mamokete Ramoshaba:
Cell: 084 821 1810
Tel: 012 845 6924
Cell: 082 964 4319