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People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA)

Johannesburg, South Africa
Joined February 2022

POWA is a “feminist, women’s rights organisation established in 1979 which undertakes campaigns, projects advocacy and research related to violence against women in Africa. It is based in South Africa

Presence in: South Africa
Focus: Gender-based violence

POWA was formed in 1979 by a group of women volunteers in order to provide referral services and shelter to women experiencing domestic violence. POWA was the first organisation to establish a shelter for abused women in 1981, and pioneered second stage (or transitional) housing for women in 2009 in Gauteng. The direct services delivery component of the organisation forms the basis of and informs all advocacy interventions, at local, nation and regional level.

With over 30 years of history behind us, we have become an organization that is considered to be an expert on issues of women’s rights we are consulted by the private sector, government and civil society on educational and decision-making matters pertaining to women’s safety and enjoyment of their rights.


To be a feminist organisation that provides professional services that comprise of advocacy, training, psycho-social support, legal and sheltering to survivors of violence. POWA is committed to enhancing the quality of life of all women and girls.


A safe and equal society intolerant of all forms of violence against women and girls in all our diversity, where we are treated with respect and dignity and our rights are promoted. 


People Associated With This Organization

Disemelo Tlali

South Africa  
People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA)
Joined February 2022
Interests: Gender-based violence
My name is Disemelo Tlali. Iam an admitted attorney of the High Court in South Africa and an activist. I completed my Bachelors degree in 2011 at the University of the Witwatersrand. I became admitted as an attorney in 2016.Prior to my admission I worked with Organizations like Probono. Org as well as South African Society for Labour Law. I serve with purpose and hope to contribute towards ending GBV which is a pandemic and still receives luke warm/slap on a wrist treatment here in South Africa. I am a legal manager at POWA and I was tasked to revive the legal department which has closed down more than twice due to lack of funding. I am looking for good networking opportunities as well as possible partnerships with other sister NGOS across Africa and internationally.
Disemelo Tlali is the network champion (main point of contact) for People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA).

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