Celebrities for Good Causes is in the process of aligning ourselves with POWA, People Against Woman Abuse.
POWA is a “feminist, women’s rights organisation that provides both services, and engages in advocacy in order to ensure the realisation of women’s rights and thereby improve women’s quality of life”.
POWA’s uniqueness as an organisation is in providing both services to survivors and engaging in advocacy using a feminist and intersectional analysis. Our work is rooted in the belief that change can only be said to be effective when women’s lives are directly improved through our interventions. We also believe that there is no single route to change, and thus constantly seek new and creative approaches in our programming to achieve the change we seek.
As one of our core frontline services, POWA provides shelter services for clients (and their children where relevant) who have been the victims of GBV.
POWA also provides several forms of counselling to clients (including shelter clients), such as face-to-face counselling, support groups (facilitated by a social worker) and telephone counselling and referrals. The Legal and Advocacy Department at POWA also assist women (approximately 50 per month) with telephonic and face-to-face-legal advice to women, court preparation and support, and referral to other professionals and practitioners (pro bono).
Conducting local, provincial and national human rights education and awareness workshops is a critical component of the programmes areas of work. Engaging in rights education at local level to build women’s political agency; enforcing on a case by case basis as well as more generally through campaigns and plain language publications, protections entrenched in existing legal and policy frameworks.