CABSA 'celebrated life' at its AGM and mini-conference on Gender, GBV and HIV.

On Saturday CABSA ‘Celebrated Life’ at its Annual General Meeting which was accompanied by a mini-conference on Gender, Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and HIV. We look back on a very inspiring and lively day and are happy to share a brief overview of the day with you. Rather have a visual impression? Take a look.

 

The Mini-Conference on Gender, GBV and HIV.

Xana McCauley from Christians for Biblical Equality kicked of the mini-conference with a presentation on the roots of gender and GBV. She spoke how gender inequality is present in the church, and shed some light how this should be approached from a Biblical perspective.
 
The second speaker, Itumeleng Komanyane from Sonke Gender Justice, spoke about positive masculinities and how to engage men in the journey to gender equality and to reduce GBV. Itumeleng shared stories from her everyday life that were recognised by the audience. She shared that men often feel a lot of pressure from society to provide for their family, that young-women rather date a guy with a car. With South-Africa’s current economy and high-unemployment it often is not possible for men to meet these demands, so it is important that we change these thought-patterns.
 
CABSA’s long-term partner, World Vision, shared insights from their ‘Channels of Hope for Gender’ programme. Maclean Dlodlo spoke about the impact of this training in the Solomon Islands, how women feel empowered through this training and how gender viewpoints of the trained beneficiaries change to more equal ones.
 
Meleney Kriel spoke for VIVA Rape Response and shared how the organisation implemented a response system for sexual violence in the Mamelodi township, in Pretoria. She shared some powerful stories how, through this system, a social worker and the police were mobilised and avoided situations from escalating.
After a short break Marcus van Wyk from We Will Speak Out shared refreshing information on how you as an individual can ‘speak out’ against sexual and gender based violence and invited the participants to sign the We Will Speak out Pledge and make a difference.
 
Lastly, our colleague Aneleh Fourie-Le Roux spoke about CABSA’s ‘Thursdays in Black’ campaign, how this influenced her life and her wardrobe, but also how individuals in local grass-roots communities can stand-up against GBV, by wearing black on Thursdays. She shared that by wearing black you mourn with the persons that suffer from GBV and draw the line that it is enough. 
 

The Annual General Meeting.

After all these inspiring and motivating stories, it was time for the official part, which was in the competent hands of Logy Murray and our Director Lyn van Rooyen. Lyn walked us through the Annual Report of 2014. CABSA is proud to share that, with limited resources, we had a great impact in 2014. This year’s annual report was accepted at the AGM.
 
Logy shared that it is necessary to change the constitution to meet the reality of the organisation’s expanded reach and the participants at the AGM agreed that this may be done through an online general meeting.
 
This day was only possible through the commitment of our speakers and exhibitors, thank you very much!

For a visiual impression of the day click here

 

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