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Local, Engaged and Responsive GBV Network


The Masiphephe Network works towards reducing vulnerability to Gender Based Violence (GBV) and strengthening local governance GBV prevention and response.  Community based stakeholders from government, civil society, community media and the private sector collaborate to strengthen the capacity of local structures to lead, coordinate, cultivate, advocacte for, provide needed services, sustain multisectoral action, and manage a community response to GBV prevention and mitigation in South Africa. “Masiphephe” is a Nguni word meaning “Let’s be safe.” 

Project objectives are to:

  • Strengthen community governance and accountability;
  • Increase primary and secondary prevention of gender-based violence;
  • Improve the mitigation of harm caused by gender-based violence;
  • Improved access to justice for all those who have experienced gender-based violence.

    Led by the Centre for Communication Impact (CCI) with financial support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Project  is  implemented in partnership with the Gender, Health and Justice Research Unit (GHJRU) as the research and policy advocacy strategic partner; and five community based organizations in selected wards in three provinces which are:

    The community partners  leverage on their  established partnerships and networks to sustain and scale up project implementation for sustainable impact and ensure local programme ownership. 

    Evidence informed Masiphephe Network  interventions are aligned to the implementation of GBV legislation including the South African Government’s White Paper on Safety and Security (2016), and the National Strategic Plan on GBV and Femicide (2020 – 2030). The project also integrates interventions to contribute to HIV epidemic control in South Africa.