Addressing social issues affecting our communities

In recent reports, (Global Citizen, 2021) states that about 11 million South Africans live on less than R28 per day. Additionally, Crime statists has revealed that 10 006 people were raped between April and June 2021. These social issues, such as poverty, crimes, gender-based violence (GBV), and social stigmas have effects on the optimal functioning of our societies.
Women Leaders South Africa (WLSA) in partnership with Child Welfare Tshwane (CWT) hosted a Social Issues Round Table session on the 16 October 2021, to engage the Girls and Boys Empowered beneficiaries on multiple dialogues on social and parental pressure, social stigmas, gender-based violence, poverty, substance abuse, crime, bullying, mental health and sexual reproductive health. Joined by our friends of the brand, Isago Development Project, South Africa Police Services and CWT board members, we lead the conversation to seek an understanding of their experiences and explore stimulated solutions to these problems.
WO Jele
WO Jele
Commenting on the conversations, representative from the South African Police Services (SAPS), Warrant Officer Jele expressed, “crime and substance and alcohol abuse, are one of the many prominent issues affecting the youth of Atteridgeville”. In response, the participants expressed their challenges with the law such as difficulties reporting sexual assault and gender-based violence cases because of the incompetence of some police officers.
CWT Director
CWT Director

CWT Director and Board Member Mrs. Linda Nell honoured our invitation to address parent and child relationships and parental pressure. In her opening statement, she shared the importance of building a healthy parent-and-child relationships.
“It is important to communicate with our parents respectfully and find positive ways to share our challenges when disgruntled”. Additionally, children need to practise reciprocated love to their parents by giving them a hug or making them a cup of tea as this helps strengthens their bond with them”.

Beneficiaries participation
Beneficiaries participation
Beneficiaries participation
Beneficiaries participation
The programme aims to encourage dialogues through authentic communication that promotes listening, learning, innovative solutions, and fosters confidence building and owning your voice. Over the past months, we have observed increased participation and engagement, understanding of the programme curriculum and more confident and fearless expressions of challenges and solutions amongst the youth.
Beneficiaries and Dignity packs
Beneficiaries and Dignity packs
We would like to thank our generous donors and selfless good-doers who continue to share the light and hope with those in dire need.