About the Campaign

GenderWorks has initiated a community development project to run a powerful and transformative programme called Gender Reconciliaiton in communities across Cape Town as a successful and effective approach to counter the despaire, hate and powerlessness we may often fell in the face of gender and social injustice.

Over the past year, GenderWorks has held workshops in Khayelitsha, Masiphumelele, Manenberg and Bonteheuwel. We wish to extend our reach to other Cape Flats communities that would greatly benefit, but cannot afford to attend.

Funds raised would cover participants':

  • Food
  • Transport to venue
  • Training materials
  • Tuition fee

People who go through the Gender Reconciliation process are then eligible to undergo the facilitation and immersion training to become a facilitator of Gender Reconciliation, thereby giving them the skills to empower their own communities.

What is Gender Reconciliation?

So little out there - in the news, on social media, in our daily interactions - is focused on healing and jointly confronting the collective wounding of our dysfunctional gender relations and toxic rape culture, with compassion, love and Ubuntu rather than with vitriol and hate. As women and as men together.

A whole new gender conversation is urgently needed to heal the impacts of patriarchy, gender injustice and violence in our society and in our lives. Gender Reconciliation is that conversation. Developed over 25 years, the Gender Reconciliation process brings together women and men, irrespective of race, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, cultural or ethnic background, in a safe space for healing our communities and each other.

Gender Reconciliation programmes are a practical next step to transforming our gender relations and addressing the roots of this gender apartheid without blame, shame or judgement.

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