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Girls Schools

Who We Are

In August 2015, Action Breaks Silence delivered our first Train the Trainer Programme to nearly 50 young people from Soweto and Pretoria West and launched our Empowerment through Self-Defence 4-hour workshops. In 2016 we achieved full NPO status in South Africa and launched the 4-hour Hero Empathy Programme for primary school boys.

Between 2015 and 2016 we engaged, educated and empowered 12,338 girls and 704 boys at 63 schools in Soweto, Lenasia, Lotus Gardens, Sausville and Atteridgeville.


Girls Schools


In 2016, our founder and CEO Debi Steven (MA, School of Social Sciences, specialising in Women and Child Abuse) designed the Action Breaks Silence twelve-hour longitudinal community intervention, that approached primary schools as a micro-community. Action Breaks Silence could engage, education and empower the girls, the boys, the teachers and caregivers to change the narrative on gender-based violence and work to stop it at a community level rather than it continuing to be viewed as a women's issue.

In August 2018, 950 girls and 940 boys that were in Grade 5 participated in Phase One at thirteen schools in Soweto and Pretoria, the following year the same students, now in Grade 6 completed Phase Two. In January 2019, the new Grade 5 students at the thirteen-partner school and ten new schools (1,418 girls and 1,310 boys) completed Phase One. These students will complete Phase Two in March 2020.

This bring the total number of South African participants engaged in Action Breaks Silence programmes since 2015 to 18,076.

What Is Gender-Based Violence?

Gender-based violence is ‘violence that is directed against a woman because she is a woman or that affects women disproportionately. It includes acts that inflict physical, mental or sexual harm or suffering, threats of such acts, coercion and other deprivations of liberty.’ (UN Committee for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, ‘General Recommendations No 19’).

By teaching girls to be empowered and boys to feel empathy, our work ensures sustainable changes in attitudes, reconnecting communities through a united wish to care about the wellbeing and safety of others.

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Charity Info

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

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