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Grandmothers Against Poverty and AIDS Challenging the Sexual Cleansing of Ifutha to Address GBV in Khayelitsha, Cape Town

Grandmothers Against Poverty and AIDS (GAPA), a South African community-based organisation located in Cape Town’s Khayelitsha township is one such organisation working to challenge and address harmful cultural beliefs and practices that heighten women’s susceptibility to HIV infection and to experiencing gender based violence. Between 2009 and 2011, GAPA implemented the ‘Changing the River’s Flow’ (CTRF) programme to stimulate community engagement on and dialogue about the harmful practice of sexual cleansing, ifutha2, by initiates of the traditional initiation schools, and the higher incidence of sexual violence and rape that accompanies this practice.

 

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