On commencing REACH we felt that the best possible means to addressing these social and debilitating problems was to tackle them holistically – a model of six objectives that would incorporate awareness-raising , skills-based training , research , campaigning , and policy/advocacy and be implemented across 12 farms in the Overberg. Each objective was then developed to include one or more projects. Almost two years later since we set about developing this framework there have been a number of changes – a shift not in our focus and original direction but a tweaking somewhat as we adapt to the needs. In our first year of official project work we have been able to already implement some of the projects pertaining to the four legs of this model and have far surpassed the 12 prescribed farms!
Our objectives are to:
provide training and awareness raising on sexual harassment and sexual violence on farms,
establish counselling support services on farms,
establish legal support services on farms,
research contributing factors to sexual harassment and sexual violence,
develop sexual harassment and sexual violence campaigns,
promote changes of restrictive policies affecting sexual harassment and sexual violence.
Additional services offered
Training and awareness raising though talks and presentations
Legal advice and support
Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) preperation and referrals
Lobbying and networking with like-minded organisations for the improvement of recourse for victims of sexual harassment and sexual violence
Drafting workplace sexual harassment policies