Welcome to the White Ribbon South Africa
‘Prevention of Violence and Abuse Against Women and Girls’
This course will further develop your understanding of the causes, types and impact of violence & abuse against women and girls and of Gender In-Equality in the Workplace, in the Schools / Universities and in our Community.
If you are a male then it may also improve your own attitudes and beliefs about the benefits of promoting Gender Equality and ‘Breaking out of the Apartheid Man’ Box – not just for the women and girls in your life but for your own personal health, wealth, and general wellbeing.
It will also provide some practical information to help you speak up and take action against this type of violence and abuse and inequality within your workplace.
This Course is FREE – it is a simplified version of more extensive courses that have been and are being developed for Workplaces, Communities and Schools & Universities. The more extensive courses are often modified and tailored to suit an organisations or communities specific needs.
There are a number of sections to this course commencing with an Introduction – there are no time limits – you can take as long as you like – the purpose is that you enjoy learning, (even if what you learn is sometimes unpleasant or difficult) for, in the Words of the African-American Poet and Writer; Miya Angelou, the goal of the course is that ‘people who know better – do better’ and we hope that by knowing better you will do better and become an advocate for Gender Equality, an advocate for ending violence and abuse against women and girls in your own life, and an advocate for the White Ribbon Campaign in South Africa.
Module 1 - Introduction - Getting Started
ABOUT THIS MODULE - This module gives you an overview of how to navigate the course, the topics covered and your learning journey. It will provide you with an insight into the History of the White Ribbon Campaign Globally and into White Ribbon South Africa's Vision and Purpose. This module also gives some very interesting insights into the way that you were brought up and the impact it had on you and those around you
Module 2 - Gender In-Equality and Violence & Abuse Against Women & Girls
ABOUT THIS MODULE - This Module explores 'What is Violence and abuse against Women and Girls' and how does it relate to Gender In-Equality. Its focus is about defining what such Violence really is and on the toll of such violence and abuse and looks at the long term health impacts for not just women and girls but men and boys as well. It asks you to reflect on how big an issue Gender Inequality and Gender Based Violence are in South Africa and why it is so important for personally you to be aware of the issue
Module 3 - Gender In-Equality and the different Types of Violence & Abuse against Women & Girls
ABOUT THIS MODULE - This module considers the different types of Violence and Abuse inflicted on Women and Girls and how Gender Inequality and GBV & Abuse negatively impact on every part of South African Society. – it reflects on what roles we can all play to help improve Gender Equality and eliminate GBV& Abuse.
Module 4- Gender In-Equality and the Drivers of Violence and Abuse against Women and Girls
ABOUT THIS MODULE -Elsewhere in this course we look at what violence and abuse against women and girls is, the types of violence and abuse, just how widespread this issue is in our communities and the impact violence has on both women and children. The purpose of this module though is to explore some of the key drivers which contribute to violence against women and Girls. We’ll explore the various attitudes and behaviours driving gender based violence and abuse in South Africa and worldwide and also how this type of violence and abuse is a community issue – it’s more than just one person’s behaviour. Topics covered include: Introduction; Gender stereotyping; What drives violence against women; A framework for understanding violence and abuse; Violence and abuse supportive attitudes. The focus of this module is on Gender Inequality and the drivers of violence and abuse against Women and Girls – it looks at the stereotyping of Gender Norms and Attitudes as well as the attitudes and behaviours that both undermine Gender equality AND support Violence and Abuse against Women and Girls. It also reflects on typical such behaviours and attitudes that can be observed every day in South Africa and how these helps drive violence and abuse.
Module 5 - Gender In-Equality and Understanding the Role we can ALL play
ABOUT THIS MODULE - This module invites us to consider out own beliefs and attitudes regarding Gender In-Equality and GBV & Abuse. It asks us to consider the roles we can ALL play and the Actions we can ALL take in reducing in-equality and eliminating GBV & Abuse in South Africa – starting in our own homes. This module further asks us to reflect on how we ourselves should respond to those around us who have attitudes and beliefs that justify, excuse, condone or downplay GBV & Abuse and Gender In-equality.
Module 6 - Responding to Violence and Abuse against Women and Girls
ABOUT THIS MODULE - This module looks at how we should consider responding to those women and girls around us who are experiencing violence & abuse AND how we should consider responding to those who are at high risk of USING Violence and Abuse against Women and Girls. It asks you to reflect on a time in the past when you might have been with someone who displayed indicators and signs of violence and abuse and asks What were some of the things you notices that they said or did that concerned you and how did you respond ?
Module 7 Responding to Violence and Abuse against women and Girls
ABOUT THIS MODULE - This module continues to look at the possible indicators of violence against women in the workplace, also points to ways to seek help and provide the pathways for appropriate assistance when being confronted with this type of violence and abuse.