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Founded: 2010

Moshate was founded in late 2010 by Mashilo Mnisi, who’s now the chief executive of this men’s rights organisation, and it was officially registered as an entity in February 2011 with the Department of Social Development as a nonprofit organisation (NPO).

 

Then later, in 2012, Moshate, which implies a ‘chief’s kraal’, got registered with the South African Receiver of Revenue (SARS) with aspirations of becoming ‘emerging social enterprise’ (ESE).

 

The main purpose of this ESE or NPO is to fight and address the imbalance of gender and ill-treatment of men and boys by authorities in South Africa that include bias and ridicule by police, court officials, public health workers and any other public officials rendering service, as a result of victimisation and abuse by female counterparts.

 

Moshate intends not to downplay the women’s struggles and rights nor fighting with policies uplifting status of women, but we are fighting abuse and victimisation by women and by the system that tends to be fomenting these against men by curtailing equity when dealing with the male counterparts.

 

Therefore, we have realised that a lot of men are cringing and fearing to come out and report victimisation and abuse, and particularly due to states’ exclusion within the domestic policy framework and programmes. For this same light, Moshate was formed as more men were becoming victims of domestic and workplace abuse.

 

Moshate will successfully contribute towards the promotion of gender equality by dealing with abuse and fighting the ‘system’ for unfair treatment and bias towards men and boys as a result of gender disparity. We will engage in activities to fulfil and attain our objectives as follow:

Workshops and Campaigns

We host workshops intended for public education for abused men and boys, and for stakeholders and communities, and organise campaigns for the purpose of media awareness and community participation.

 

Social Services

We provide psycho-social and socio-legal supports to abused men and boys whom are our beneficiaries through our social service experts.

 

Data Collection

We collect and provide raw data from our victim clients that subsequently forms part of and influences statistics and research by institutes such as universities and individual students collecting information from Moshate. 

 

Moshate’s mission is to contribute towards the promotion of gender equality by fighting and dealing with abuse against men and boys through provision of social services and education on gender-based violence and abuse, and as well as to prevent prejudice and bias by creating public awareness.

 

The organisation’s vision is a world in which gender equality is fully espoused and achieved whereby males and females live as equals in harmony.

 

The organisation was founded in early 2011 to address the imbalance of gender and ill-treatment of men by authorities in South Africa that include bias and ridicule by police, the courts of law, hospitals and any other public structures providing services. Moshate is not downplaying the women’s struggles and their rights nor fighting with policies uplifting status of women, but we are fighting the system that tends to be fomenting abuse against men by curtailing equity when dealing with the different genders.

 

This has almost led men cringing or fearing to come out and report violence and abuse against them, and particularly by government’s exclusion from the domestic policy framework and programmes. 

Contribution to Society:

- We attended a number of training for capacity building organised by various institutes and government structures such as Inyathelo: The South African Institute for Advancement, South African Police Service (SAPS), Gauteng Department of Social Development, VEP, etc.

- We deal with at least five to seven complaints of abused men per week, which brings to a total of more than 500 cases that include legal abuse (manipulation of the system to attain illegal protection orders, to press ‘false’ rape charges and unlawful arrests), physical abuse, financial abuse, emotional abuse, psychological abuse and sexual abuse;

- We succeeded in partnering with major institutes and organisations that commit to collaborate in the promotion of gender equality and fight abuse, especially that against men such as Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, the Wits University School of Human and Community Development, the Commission for Gender Equality, the Johannesburg Family Court, the National Prosecuting Authority, the SAPS, the Gauteng Department of Social Development, Family and Marriage Association of South Africa, Statistics South Africa, SANCA and many other civil society organisations with the same mandate;

- We have attracted professional individuals who are committed to contribute their own time to assist Moshate with its complaints whom include social workers, counsellors, a psychologist and legal advisors;

- We attracted Thobela FM, Jozi FM, Kasie FM, Radio2000, YFM, CII, Florida Radio, Islamic Radio, Kaya FM and Ligwalagwala FM to talk about our activities and how we assisted men in South Africa 2011 and 2012;

- We featured and dominated headlines at Kaya FM when we denounced Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi’s utterance about men as AIDS carriers, and asked for a public apology from the minister in 2012;

- We became main guest for current affairs and talk shows at Lesedi FM, Ukhozi FM, Ikwekwezi FM, Metro, and 702 Talk Radio and Kaya FM where we were confronted and engaged together with our constituencies and the general audience to talk about irregularities with maintenance, custody and parenting of children, and acquisition of protection orders, and also the abuse of power by police and the court in 2013;

- We were interviewed by the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) Chat Room programme and on a special broadcast during the Women’s Day in 2012;

- eTV’s 3rd Degree investigative and current affairs programme had communities waging tongues about abuse against men when Moshate became the first organisation to feature publicly as a men’s rights representative;

- Reuters International spoke to us about the strategies we use to mainstream our organisation in assisting and helping abused men;

- We had the Mail & Guardian, City Press, Sowetan, Daily Sun, The New Age, Isolezwe and Daily Dispatch (in Cape Town) write about the organisation and its objectives extolling it for being the one organisation challenging the stereotypes in South Africa and the world labelling men as perpetrators of domestic violence and abuse;

- Soweto TV’s Masingita With Confidence Talk Show interviewed the executive director and two of the organisation’s victims in May 2014;

- SABC 2’s Morning Live had an interview with Mnisi, the executive director, where he took one victim. The interview was presided by Morning Live presenter, Leanne Manas, on 5 June 2014.

 

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Contact Information:

Jane Mapshane Mathunyane
Administrator
Tel: 011 333 2406/ 7
Fax: 011 333 2406/ 7
Mobile: 082 397 7873
Email: request@moshate.org.za
Physical Address: 84 President Street, 801 The Markade, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

 

Mashilo Mnisi
Chief Executive/ Programme Manager
Tel: 011 333 2406/ 7
Fax: 011 333 2406/ 7
Mobile: 082 397 7873
Email: mashilo@moshate.org.za  
Physical Address: 84 President Street, 801 The Markade, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

 

Twitter: @MoshateOrg
Facebook: Moshate

 

For more about Moshate, refer to www.moshate.org.za.