The word Kuhluka means “rebirth” in Tchopi, a language of Vatsonga of the Southern region of Mozambique. It is the process of repetitive and insistent rebirth of a plant that appears to have lost it’s life, but always finds ways to regenerate and thrive despite all circumstance.
This word has been chosen as an invocation of the power and resilience of millions of women who survive, regenerate and rebuild their lives in spite of the brutal abuse that they go through.
Founded on the principle of advocacy and mitigation, Kuhluka Movement bridges the gap between giving a voice to women survivors through education and rehabilitation, whilst providing them with a safe haven in their time of need.
Through this initiative, Kuhluka seeks to find a platform that prevents abuse of women by bringing custodians of culture together to find ways that interrogate harmful practices and traditions, and questions the behaviours that foster an environment that tolerates violence against women.
KUHLUKA MOVEMENT uses a Psychological First Aid (PFA) framework (Prepare, Look, Listen and Link) towards gender-based violence incidents that is focused on a survivor-centered approach.
Seeking services is not always safe for a survivor and could lead to more harm. Our role is to provide accurate, up-to-date information on available services and let “YOU” make your own choices on what feels safe for you.
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There are people who believe that we do not need feminism today, but nothing could be further from the truth. Women have struggled for equality and against oppression for centuries, and although some battles have been partly won – such as the right to vote and equal access to education – women are still disproportionately affected by all forms of violence and by discrimination in every aspect of life.
Projects bring benefits and, with them, social changes, some of which can amplify violence. Recognizing how this violence occurs is the first step to eliminating it. The high rates of gender-based violence (GBV) in South Africa, further highlighted by a number of high-profile cases over the last few years, has given rise to significant public support to end GBV.
Experience indicates that among the most serious and invisible risks is the increase in gender-based violence (GBV) in the populations in which a project is carried out. GBV disproportionately affects populations in conditions of vulnerability due to their gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation and gender identity, place of residence, immigration status, disability, or other factors that may create disadvantages. In particular, under the umbrella of sexual violence, we find a higher incidence of sexual harassment and abuse, especially in girls and women.