Zingela Ulwazi Trust

Promoting women’s independence

When you lift up women, you lift up humanity.  – Melinda Gates

Our programs focus on the key elements necessary to support women’s independence.  For women to be able to stand on their own, they must be able to grow their own food to feed their families so they are not hungry.  They must be able to bring income into their households so they have the resources they need to support their families.  And they must  have the skills and strength to protect themselves from assault and rape.  At the intersection of these three securities, independence is possible.

Permaculture Explorers is a program synthesising business development training and permaculture education, for rural South African women who wish to lift themselves above the international extreme poverty line. The first class graduated in March 2020, the second class on August 21st 2021. Our new class has launched in Rooboklaagte B, adhering to  Covid19 regulations and recommendations.

I am a better person now; I do not see myself as poor person. I have a garden where I pick my vegetables. I am healthy now.  – Florah

Sekwanele was launched in November 2020 by a group of women in rural RDP Village, Mpumalanga, in response to rampant violence against women and girls, unrelenting sexual assault and the belief that a lot of men have, that women exist for their use and abuse.

The women say “No more. It’s OVER”.

Zingela Ulwazi stands with these women who are doing the hard work of trying to change culture and the dominant mindset, by facilitating fortnightly self-defence classes for women and girls, many of whom are survivors of sexual assault, some multiple attacks. They’re amazing women, courageous, humble, loving, generous, and we want to help them be safe in their village AND change a decaying entitled, abusive patriarchal system.

“Culturally we are taught to be submissive, to be quiet, to endure, and that supposedly indicates respect. But we have had enough of bearing the brunt of men’s frustration, of being their punching bags and their sense of ownership of us and our bodies. We are claiming our lives and our rights as women, as human beings.”

Do you want to make a difference?

Zingela Ulwazi means

“Hunt for Wisdom”

in isiZulu

WHO WE ARE

We are a Non-Profit Organisation based in Limpopo Province, South Africa. Our mission is to enable access to critical information to improve women’s lives, help to build resilience in communities and custodianship of nature in rural South Africa. 

Our Vision is a world where woman are independent, connected, healthy, joyful, respected and have full participation in the economy and full access to information and technology. A just world, where women’s rights are honoured, their lives and bodily integrity and safety treasured. Where women’s unique gifts, talents, skills and contribution to healthy, vital communities is valued and held in the highest esteem.

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