The advice office funded by the Act Alliance (Act Ubumbano), supported by the Dobsonville Central Police Station and Norwegian Church Aid facilitated four dialogues in 25 November, 05,08 & 14 December 2018 in commemoration of the 16 days of activism. The outcomes of these dialogues indicated that there are increasingly incidents on human trafficking, rape, murder and domestic violence happening in Braamfischer. On the 28 January 2019, the advice office facilitated a stakeholders meeting to respond on these GBV incidences. The participating stakeholders were, The Citizen Justice Network (CJN), Centre for the Advancement of Community Advice Offices (CAOSA), South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO), Africa Dignity, Department of Home Affairs, Department of Community Safety, Ncobile Home Care, an NGO specialising on Human Trafficking and Pastors from different churches to come-up with an action plan for 2019.
The above mentioned stakeholders agreed on the following action plan for 2019:
- To bring churches (in Braamfischer) on board – engage churches for elimination of Gender Based Violence.
- To earn support from church members – the advice office will visit each participating church and introduce the project.
- Pastor Chauke will connect the Advice Office with a women’s group called Docus.
- The Department of Community Safety will offer free training on domestic and human trafficking in February 2018, NB:
- There will be two classes and a maximum of 100 people per class
- Recommended to include church leaders in these trainings.
- The advice office will continue to facilitate legal trainings during weekends in partnership with Hogan Lovell Lawyers starting 7 February 2018. The trainings will cover education on how does the South African criminal justice system works, including court preparations.
- CAOSA committed to organise catering and invites professionals (e.g social workers and psychologist) who will attend the training workshop in churches.
- All the stakeholders agreed to have a meeting end of February 2019 in order to keep track of the proposed activities.