"The Phephisa Survivors Network exists to give voice to survivors and to advocate for safer environments for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in South Africa"
There are two categories of membership, namely:
1. FULL MEMBERSHIP: Survivors of SGBV who are activie participants and recognised members of a survivor support group that relates to the Phephisa Survivors Network, and
2. HONORARY MEMBERSHIP: Individuals, groups and organisations aligned with, and supportive of, the mission and objectives of the Phephisa Surviviors Network.
The Phephisa Survivors Network is a registered not-for-profit voluntary association of members governed by our Constitution
In June 2013, Tearfund UK conducted a survivor needs assessment in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. This assessment explored deep-seated unexpressed painful experiences and gaps in the system that had left the survivors deeply wounded, without practical care and support. The assessment allowed survivors to be vulnerable and face their pain and experience being in a safe space that allowed for a therapeutic reflection and healing of a very painful past. Some shared the importance of being accepted without judgment and above all to be in the company of people who had similar trauma and were searching for healing.
A key outcome of this process highlighted the interest among survivors to break their silence and explore the potential for a peer support movement. Thirty-seven survivors across five communities who took part in the assessment started meeting informally in their communities to share their stories and struggles, with support of the Tearfund team. These groups became the starting point for the establishment of the Phephisa Survivors Network.