Action Breaks Silence - Creating Safer Communities

Action Breaks Silence is an educational charity, established to create a world where women and girls can live their lives free from gender-based violence.

Given the ever-increasing escalation of violent crime perpetrated against women and girls in South Africa, there has never been a more urgent need to engage, educate and empower the youth and to facilitate real and lasting behavioural change.

Action Breaks Silence has a multi-pronged approach to end gender-based violence. We believe strongly that, as a society, we all have a role to play in ending gender-based violence and our abiding vision is, in one generation, to make communities safer for women and girls.

Action Breaks Silence founder & CEO, Debi Steven (MA, London Met, School of Social Sciences specialising in Women & Child Abuse) has designed the Action Breaks Silence Community Intervention aimed at profoundly changing the prevailing narrative on gender-based violence by tacking gender inequality and toxic masculinity and working to prevent it at a community level, rather than allowing it to be continually viewed as a “woman’s issue”.

Ways in which we would work:

Action Breaks Silence Community Intervention

  • The Action Breaks Silence Train the Trainer Programme
  • The Empowerment through Self-Defence Workshops
  • 12-Hour Schools Intervention
  • The Girls 12-hour Empowerment through Self-Defence and Active Bystander Programme
  • The Boys 12-hour Hero Empathy and Active Bystander Programme
  • Teachers, Caregiver and Parents Self-Love and Self-Competence Programme
  • The Action Breaks Silence Youth Ambassador Programme

Gender-Based Violence In South Africa

  • Murder rate of women increased by 117% between 2015 and 2016.
  • Sexual offences against women increased from 31 665 in 2015/16 to 70 813 in 2016/17 an increase of 53%.
  • Everyday three women die at the hands of their intimate partner in South Africa.
  • Crime statistics 2016/17: An average of 109.1 rapes are recorded each day.
  • Statistics SA victims of crime survey for 2016/17 indicates a 117% increase in sexual offence cases.
  • It is estimated that 40% of women in South Africa be raped in their lifetime.

(Source:  South Africa Government website)

Our Vision

In one generation - to make communities safer for women and girls. 

Contact Us

Charity Info

SA Registered NPC with CIPC No: 2016/509280/08
SA NPO 183-827; PBO 930057482
Level 1 BBBEE

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