Kuhluka Movement

We understand the deep psychological and socio-economic
impact of domestic violence on survivors. Our programs seek
to facilitate the changes needed!

Kuhluka Movement is a non-profit civil society mass organisation, directed at combating the violation of rights of women.
Founded on the principles of advocacy and mitigation, Kuhluka bridges the gap between giving a voice to women survivors
through rehabilitation, whilst providing them with a safe haven in their time of need.



We Mobilize key stakeholders in society to Combat gender based violence and provide support to survivors of domestic violence in their healing to rebuild and Regenerate.

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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.

Our Principles



Create an international and intergenerational movement that is mobilised to challenge and transform culturally entrenched gender norms and practices harmful to our existence into forces that are conducive to the nurturing of dignified lives


Become a Society that perceives and treats women and girls as equals living to their full potential, free from gender and cultural oppression, where girls and women are valued, respected and positively affirmed  


Eliminate Gender-based violence and ensure that our societies are intolerant to discrimination against women
Provide unique, comprehensive and specialised support and services support for victims and survivors of Gender-based violence

About our Founder

our founder

Ms. Machel has always been active in the women’s rights arena, however, due to a horrific domestic violence incident in 2015 that left her blind in one eye, Ms Machel's activism took on a new meaning that propelled her to actively fight for the rights of abused women, hence the "rebirth" of Kuhluka Movement a non-profit initiative that empowers women survivors of gender based and domestic abuse to find their voice to walk away from abusive relationships.

"Abusive relationships are oppressive and kills your authentic self hence my belief that some of us who rise above the ashes of such brutal incidents, has a calling to help lift others who need a hand"

- Josina Z Machel -


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.

Meet our Team

Meet our exceptional Team of Leaders! Professionalism with a difference … we CARE ABOUT YOU!

Feminism and women’s rights movements

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. 

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We Mobilize key stakeholders in society to Combat gender based violence

Recalling the night of the assault, Josina recalled “It was 01.30. I cried out for help. Nobody heard me. Nobody did anything. If someone had appeared, they would have helped me and perhaps saved my sight”.

- Josina Z Machel -

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