Masimanyane Women’s Rights International

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Our Story 

From a small support initiative founded in 1995 for women who are survivors of domestic violence and rape, Masimanyane has grown into a global equality and social justice organisation that is locally rooted but globally connected.

Our Footprint

Masimanyane has 14 offices in the Eastern Cape, with our largest footprint in Buffalo City, where we have 10 service offices.

We have a dedicated presence in the region's two biggest magistrate’s courts, as well as in four police stations and a clinic.

We offer services at two Buffalo City Thuthuzela Centres, located at Cecilia Makiwane Hospital and Grey Hospital in King William's Town. Further afield, we also provide services at Thuthuzela Centres in Butterworth, Libode and Mthatha.

Masimanyane also has a dedicated office in King William's Town that focuses on HIV/AIDS counselling, testing and community education services. We recently established a shelter for women in distress.

Our Objectives 

  • Masimanyane, in light of the organisation’s vision and mission, defines its overall aims and objectives as:
  • To decrease crimes committed against women and girl children..
  • To provide appropriate and effective services to survivors of violence against women, as well as support services to women and girls affected by HIV and AIDS.
  • To increase levels of knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of violence against women, the gendered aspects of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, women and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and women’s human rights.
  • To advance women’s rights and gender quality in society.

Masimanyane's Justice Advocacy Programme works to ensure that community concerns and challenges are appropriately and effectively addressed through relevant laws and policies. 

Research, documentation and advocacy are key components of this programme, along with leadership development and training for effective community engagement with policy makers.

One of the recent projects in which Masimanyane engaged was a review of the proposed legislation on gender equality.

We conducted research with women’s groups throughout the country to document what they thought the Bill should address, and held a national conference to develop an alternative Gender Equality Bill.

We have utilised international instruments and mechanisms such as the CEDAW Shadow reporting process and the Optional Protocol to CEDAW in which we called for an inquiry into the high levels of domestic violence in South Africa.

In the past we used the Universal Periodic Reporting System to raise concerns about the trafficking of young women and to address specific sexual and reproductive health and rights concerns.

Contact details:


Physical Address: 26 St Mark Rd, Southernwood, East London, 5213

Contact no : 043 743 9169