Tina Thiart
Tina Thiart campaign leader

WHEAT Trust Rapid Response Fund

WHEAT trust commits itself to keep
the support to organizations working on Gender-based violence firmly on our
grant-making agenda.  We came to the
realization that within the South African context there is a gap, and indeed a
need, for a rapid response fund to
respond to the urgent realities that women experience on the ground, and which
sometimes requires urgent support outside of a set grant cycle. The brutal rape
and murder of Anene Booysen a few weeks ago, brought this issue once again to
the fore, as WHEAT was contacted by women from the Bredasdorp community for
support. As such, the board has now adopted a Rapid Fund to respond to urgent
situations such as that of the Anene Booysen case, and we are currently
actively fundraising for this specific fund, and are developing systems for due
diligence that will enable us to issue grants speedily, but also in an
accountable manner to women's groups in urgent need. You can support our Rapid Response Fund SMS 1000 Women to 38774 (SMS/R10) and donate R10!

During last year's 16 days of
Activism on no Violence against women, we in partnership with Pioneer Foods
issued a targeted call for proposals
to grassroots women's organisations who work in the field of GBV, with an emphasis on work that focuses on
both providing support to victims of GBV, access to justice, the protection of
minority rights – and here in specific in the light of the increase of hate
crimes and "corrective rape" against members of the LGBTI community in South
Africa. We received an overwhelming response to this call for proposals,
which illustrates the need for donor support that exists in this area of work.
During 2013 we are also conducted research on women's access to justice in
GBV-related cases. This research will be rolled out throughout the nine
provinces of South Africa, and through this we are seeking to strengthen
community and government responses to GBV.

To break this cycle of violence
against women, indeed requires urgent intervention, now more than ever. When
the justice system fails women, it is often the grassroots women's
organisations that have to pick up the broken pieces of women's bodies, and the
collective support of other women that help these women to reclaim both their
power and their bodies. Stand up, take action, and defend the rights of women
now!

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