South Africa

January 1, 2011 South Africa

CATW officially established a regional office in South Africa (CATW-SA) headed by Noziziwe Madlala-Routledge in 2011. Nozizwe is an activist and former member of parliament. CATW-SA developed a petition to raise awareness of trafficking during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Price recipient was the first person to endorse the petition that was signed by over 1,700 leaders, celebrities, soccer players and media.

Noziziwe launched Masiphakameni (Stand Up), an organization of women who want to exit prostitution. Masiphakameni is organized into small self-help, self-organize, self-empower groups. Through weekly meetings and trainings, the organization has grown with each group taking on its own initiatives and providing ongoing support to the women.