The rise in gender-based violence over the last year in South Africa calls for an increase in collaborative efforts between corporate businesses and civil society organizations. This approach will enable financial funding, dedicated resources and skilled capabilities to work together to respond to the crisis by addressing immediate safety and security needs as well as empowering survivors to rebuild their lives.
In commemoration of International Women’s Day, SA Taxi Foundation in collaboration with POWA (People Opposing Women Abuse) have donated 50 desktops to various home care centres that support survivors of gender-based violence. The fully equipped desktops will be used to support day-to-day operations that allow the NGO to meet the demands of the communities they serve.
SA Taxi Foundation is the corporate social investment (CSI) arm of SA Taxi, a vertically integrated business platform designed to improve the sustainability of the minibus taxi industry and the communities they serve.
The partnership was launched on Monday, 8 March 2021, with the first batch of desktops being donated to two NPOs in Johannesburg, Gauteng. The other remaining set of desktops have been donated in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Kwa-Zulu Natal.
The beneficiary NPOs of this campaign work tirelessly to empower women and children who are survivors of gender-based violence. They create a safe and supportive environment while also informing, educating and capacitating surrounding communities about their rights and responsibilities when dealing with sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse and HIV/AIDS.
Maroba Maduma, Director at SA Taxi Foundation, says: “We are pleased to play our part in the fight against gender-based violence. The Foundation is always ready to support initiatives that aim to provide support, empowerment, and economic inclusion to vulnerable groups such as GBV survivors.”
POWA CEO Mary Makgaba noted that the organization welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s appeal for South Africa to get behind efforts to enact new and far-reaching legislation that was implemented to tackle the rise in gender-based violence (GBV) and femicide. She added that it is always encouraging to see more corporate businesses answering the call to this appeal.
She closed off by saying: “I hope to continue on this journey with SA Taxi as a whole and SA Taxi Foundation, who are advocates in making a positive impact against these socio-economic issues. POWA invites more corporates to join forces with us in fighting GBV.”