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National Shelter Movement of South Africa

The National Shelter Movement of South Africa – hereafter referred to as the NSM - is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation, which is an umbrella body for approximately 80 shelters. The NSM was established in 2008 at a conference of shelters nationally. Provincial representatives were elected at this conference, where a national mandate for action was given to the NSM-SA. The Nisaa Institute for Women’s Development was requested to serve as the secretariat. The NSM’s vision is to strive to be the united voice on sheltering for women and children affected by gender-based violence in South Africa. The NSM’s mission is to network, advocate and lobby provincial, national and international stakeholders & for NSM to be engaged in service provision, legislation and capacity building on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and sheltering of abused women and their children in South Africa. The Goals of the NSM are to: • Advocate & lobby – rights of abused women & their children in shelters • Establish – provincial shelter network forums for shelters • Ensure gender sensitivity – effective and efficient service delivery to women and their children in shelters • Develop the capacity – NSM shelters and service providers and gender based violence workers • Engage in legislation – gender-based violence and sheltering in South Africa • Offer space – mutual support, shared experiences and common challenges