Empowering communities and breaking the cycle of abuse.

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COPESSA came into being as a result of many consultative ‘iindabas,’ led by a group of women called ‘iSililo – a Women’s Cry.’ This campaign followed the brutal rape of ‘baby Tshepang,’ (not her real name), in 2000.

Our initial focus was on violence against children (VAC) but has since evolved to include women. This holistic approach was necessitated by the intersection of VAC and Violance Against Woman (VAW), which we confirmed through research we conducted in our community in 2019.

We prevent VAC and VAW by using the World Health Organization (WHO) ‘INSPIRE’ and ‘RESPECT’ Frameworks.

Our Mission

We prevent VAC and VAW by:

  • Mobilising communities
  • Creating supportive environments for women & children, both within their homes & the general community
  • Promoting social and behaviour change
  • Giving psycho-social support to survivors of violence,
  • Engaging in and promoting community participatory research.

Our Vision

To be leaders in community-driven and supported prevention of Violence against Children (VAC) and Gender-based Violence (GBV), especially Violence against Women (VAW) in Africa.