We believe that everyone should be treated equally regardless of race, age , economic status or gender. Sadly there is much gender based discrimination and violence in our communities. GEMA was birthed to address this and to work for a world where men and women are given equal respect and opportunities. We provide resources for churches, organizations and individuals to equip them to become agents of equality and justice.
Gender equality matters to God.
Although gender equality is integrated into all the work of Hands of Compassion, GEMA encourages gender equality in many specific ways, such as facilitating workshops on gender equality, sexual harassment and gender based violence, the Freedom Cups programme, and providing resources and tools.
Freedom Menstrual Cups
The education system in South Africa faces many challenges and one that is often overlooked is that female students are absent from school because of inadequate sanitary products which are often too expensive for poorer members of the community.
School girls’ sanitary products are essential. Yet, these disposable products are expensive, bad for the environment, and often overlooked in poor households.
We believe we have a solution with the free distribution of freedom menstrual cups in disadvantaged schools.
These cups are cost-effective, eco-friendly and hygienic. Not only is the menstrual cup a great step in keeping girls at school while menstruating, they also restore dignity, privacy and safety; they minimize infections and offer safe, secure, discreet and leak-free protection for up to 12 hours at a time. Freedom Cups are also reusable up to 10 years, and they are a ‘green’ alternative to disposable tampons and pads.
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
How to prevent, and respond to, sexual harassment in the workplace. Each participant will receive a certificate of attendance.
What does the Bible say about gender equality? Join us as we dive into the truth about what biblical gender equality is. Each participant will receive a certificate of attendance.
Other Links and Resources
Thursdays in Black
Join organisations nationally and internationally in supporting: “Thursdays in Black”, a campaign of solidarity and advocacy against all forms of sexual and gender based violence.
By supporting Thursdays in Black We stand:
– In protest against systems and societies that encourage violence in any form,
– In solidarity with 1 in 4 women worldwide who face violence in their lives,
– In mourning for men, women and children who are harmed and killed in sexual violence,
– For awareness and information about the challenges of GBV,
– In the hope that a different reality is possible.
We Will Speak Out SA
WWSOSA is a coalition of people of faith – individuals, churches and organisations – with survivors in the centre – that speak out, stand up, collaborate, share knowledge, challenge paradigms, act and campaign to stop sexual and gender-based violence.
Stories from Our People
Nonthando (about Freedom Cups): “I am free to learn because I no longer have to worry about stained clothes.”