Our Workshops and Exhibitions
We organize and facilitate workshops to empower women.
Enough Is Enough Photo Art Exhibition I Every Scar Tells a Story Women Writing Retreat/ Workshop
- One out of every four women in South Africa is in an abusive relationship.
- Every six days a woman in South Africa is murdered by her intimate partner.
- Every 25 seconds a woman or girl is raped in South Africa.
Since 2004, the 1000 Women Trust has been mobilizing “1000 Women to Unite against Domestic Violence” across South Africa.
This year we are raising the voices of women, through a photo art exhibition and a Women Writing Retreat. The exhibition is taking place at the Western Cape Provincial Administration Concourse whilst the 3-day retreat and workshop will take place in Saldanha. Whilst different in approach; both projects bring awareness on the escalating violence against women and children.
“The Western Cape Government is proud to partner with the 1000 Women Trust as it mobilizes women to Unite against domestic violence across South Africa. Women’s voices must be heard and the arts provide another platform for women to not only amplify their journey through their world of abuse and domestic violence but also offer hope to the many others who are caught in the grip of this scourge. The Western Cape Government will certainly continue to work tirelessly towards creating a society in which every person living in the Western Cape feels safe and is able to live their lives to its full potential” says Western Cape Finance Minister, Dr Ivan Meyer.
#EnoughIsEnough Photo Art Exhibition
We are pleased to announce the launch of the Enough Is Enough Photo Art Exhibition; a project borne out of the 1000 Women 1 Voice campaign- an initiative of the 1000 Women Trust. The initiative will be launched as part of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children which runs from the 25 November 2017 to 10 December 2017 in South Africa. This will take place at the concourse, 7 Wale Street, Cape Town.
After the 10 December 2017 the exhibition will move to the Slave Lodge, Cnr Adderly and Wale Streets, Cape Town where it will be on display until the 8 March 2018; the International Women’s Day; where the exhibition will again be launched.
The media launch is taking place on the 7 December 2017, at the Media Room, Western Cape Government at 16h00. This will be followed preceded by light snacks.
#EveryScarTellsAStory Women Writing Retreat
The writing retreat is a safe space for women who have been exposed to gender based violence to gather at a sacred space where they can freely express themselves and reflect on their lives, hopes, dreams and fears through creative writing and storytelling.
This opportunity is being opened for women who have been through the most to participate; journey; reflect; release and heal through telling and sharing their stories. The sessions are designed in such a way that not only do the women narrate the stories, they will also be given tools so that should they choose to continue with their writing; be it memoires; poems or journals- they are able to do so
These narratives will be published as a celebration of these women, who have reclaimed their lives stories by sharing them with the world and other women who are experiencing or have experienced trauma. What makes this reflective writing different? It is a means to an end. It is a space for letting out, cry, get angry and laugh. Most of all, it is a space for the women to be themselves. It is a safe space to reflect; release; heal and be with other women who have been through similar pain. It will be an empowering process. The exhibition will be held on an annual basis and therefore we are hoping that more and more voices of women will reverberate the cry for violence against women and children to stop.
2004 - 2015
The WHEAT Women's Fund was founded on 9 August 1998, as Women's Hope, Education and Training Trust. The fund was created to address human rights justice for women by providing grants to women-led organisations to capacitate them to create their own economic and social justice strategies that would elevate uniquely skilled women to become sustainable income earners. We believe in the power of women to change their lives and their immediate surroundings for the better.
For 10 years all proceeds raised from the 1000 Women Initiative were donated to WHEAT Trust to make small grants to grassroots women's groups to provide services and support to survivors of domestic violence, rape and abuse in the communities that they serve. In addition WHEAT Trust provided capacity building and supported AWARENESS Raising events in and around Cape Town. You can find more information on the organisation on www.wheattrust.co.za.
During 2016 the Trustees amended the grantmaking criteria and decided to invest the money in the following Thematic Areas:
- Safe Houses where women and girls can be safe until they have found alternative accommodation (Youth Centre)
- Information to women and girls on where to get support on line, in various centres (Tears Foundation, Reeva Steenkamp Foundation)
- Awareness Raising Campaigns – ANEX put your foot down (16 days of activism)
- Small Grants to Women's organisations to build their capacity and provide support to their Communities – WHEAT Trust
Your donations make a big difference to the lives of Women and Girls who are in unsafe relatioinships, who have been raped and who are being abuse. Please donate now.