Women | Western Cape Government


No Excuse for Abuse

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This brochure contains information on rape, sexual assault, domestic violence and how to get help.

Cervical Cancer Screening

Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among women in South Africa after breast cancer. Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer. All women should have a Pap smear at least every 10 years, starting at age 30, and then at age 40 and 50.

Maternal & Women's Health

Information on maternity and women's health services including pregnancy and pre and post-birth services.

Menopause Care

Women who start menopause prematurely (before 45 years of age) or who are in menopause and are experiencing uncomfortable symptoms, can have a gynaecological assessment and examination. Hormonal tests can be done to decide on treatment. Women can ask for counselling to decide on the best treatment option.

Protection from Domestic Abuse

If you're the victim of domestic relationship with, then you should apply for a protection order in terms of the Domestic Violence Act. A protection order has conditions, which limits the abuser's interaction with you. Should the abuser break these conditions then they can be arrested.

Reporting Rape

If you have been raped or sexually assaulted, you can report this to the police. It is your choice whether to report, but if you do not report then your case will not be investigated or prosecuted. Police are not allowed to refuse to investigate your case if you report it. However, if there is too little evidence after an investigation by the police, a prosecutor may decide not to prosecute your case.

Shelters for Women Who are Abused

A shelter is a place where victims of crime and violence are able to live for a period of 1 day up to approximately 3 months depending on the needs of the victims.

South African Network for Women in Transport (SANWIT)

SANWIT was establlished to facilitate regional networking among women on critical issues in transport for development. The establishment of SANWIT is a reaction to the fact that women entrepreneurs within the transport sector continuously face a wide array of obstacles and barriers in their business operations. The SANWIT concept will promote collaboration and coalition building among women entrepreneurs for policy advocacy and action, which recognises and support women's contribution in transportation development.

Stopping Sexual Harassment at School - For Learners

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This booklet provides learners with information on sexual harassment and abuse at school and teaches them how to respond to the situation. It also provides contact details for organisations that can help learners in these situations.

Technology for Women in Business

Technology for Women in Business (TWIB) was created under the auspices of the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) in 1998, the Year of Science and Technology, to help advance women in business, with a particular emphasis on the application of science and technology to achieve business growth in women-led enterprises, particularly small, medium and macro enterprises (SMMEs) .

What is Abuse?

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