Gender violence in the Spotlight

Reeva Steenkamp Foundation empowering young women and breaking stigma of abuse

The Reeva Steenkamp Foundation is an organisation dedicated to empowering the girl child and fighting gender-based violence and has helped over 100 women in their first year operating.

Foundation CEO Kim Martin says it is important for organisations like theirs to educate communities and break the stigma of abuse which can often cripple women survivors.

The foundation supplies domestic violence educational packs to police stations, women's shelter and schools.

The foundation also has an anti-abuse school programme and an annual bursary for young women studying family law, Martin explains.

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In addition, the foundation provides pro bono legal advice to abuse survivors and the long-term goal is to create safe houses for women in various provinces.

The foundation has been supporting several cases, including the family of Vuyisile 'Vuyi' Poni, a mother of three who was allegedly killed by her estranged husband in Westlake.

Also read: Demonstrators oppose bail for man accused of killing estranged wife

Martin says the foundation is continuing with the work Reeva had started long before her death.

We are continuing to be Reeva's voice, honouring her life.

Kim Martin, CEO of the Reeva Steenkamp Foundation

Martin has called for volunteers to offer their time, resources and services in their various professions.

Take a listen to the CEO explain in detail the work of the foundation:

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