Masisukumeni Women’s Crisis Centre officially started its programmes in August 1994. The centre was founded by Ms Rachel Nsimbini Nkosi and Dr Tina Sideris. They founded Masisukumeni Women’s Crisis Centre to provide support and assistance to survivors of gender based violence and through community based public programmes to advocate against sexual violence.Thus Masisukumeni has been working in the area of gender based violence for the last 14 years.
We work to eradicate violence and discrimination against women and children and prevent HIV/AIDS, by providing counselling, information, education and paralegal services to survivors of gender related violence and to the wider community. Our interventions aim to achieve gender equality through challenging discriminatory social beliefs and practices, ensuring access to legal and human rights, social services and medical treatment for HIV/AIDS.
Our vision is of a community where there is no discrimination against women and children on the basis of gender shaped by oppressive socio-cultural beliefs and practices, and women and girls are empowered to be free and safe to live their own lives. A society in which the caring professions are committed to treating everyone equally and without stigma and in which every woman, man and child is treated with respect and dignity. A community where there are no AIDS orphans and where those in need are provided with shelter and loving care. In short a society in which human rights