Flag of South Africa

Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment

Visit to the gender-based violence crisis center
The U.S. Ambassdor to South Africa visits the USAID-supported Kopanong Thuthuzela Care Center, which offers a holistic approach to assist survivors of gender-based violence.
USAID/R. Zurba

Gender Based Violence and Legal Rights

USAID and the South African Government are working to address women’s rights and access to justice. The USAID-funded Thuthuzela Care Centre network provides support for rape and sexual assault survivors to ensure that they do not experience secondary trauma while seeking justice and medical treatment.

  • Forty rape crisis centers had been established by 2012 in public hospital facilities.
  • The centers provide a range of services from emergency medical care, post-exposure prophylaxis, counseling and court preparation.

USAID supports a public awareness campaign to inform the public about the services provided by the centers and how to access them; provides grants to NGOs for after-hours care, and HIV-related services; supports sexual offences courts; and plans to expand the network of centers throughout South Africa.

Last updated: January 03, 2014

Share This Page