The Organisation for Young Women’s Dignity (TOFYWD) is a registered non-profit organisation that aims to uplift and restore the dignity of young women in South Africa. We believe that every young woman deserves a quality of life worthy of honour and respect.

Working with young women between the ages of 15 to 35yrs, GBVF and HIV awareness is provided through community outreach programmes using existing networks of community educators, peer educators, in-person, and virtual peer-to-peer support groups. The Organisation facilitates access to licensed social workers, social auxiliaries, provides referrals for biomedical services so that professional services are provided by licensed and qualified practitioners.

Training and awareness on the Eyerus GBV App, a mobile application that was designed to help keep South Africans safe, is provided in communities where women feel unsafe and need the help of technology to have security at their fingertips.

Our experienced moderators work with community educators to engage young women in open dialogue on topics such as HIV/AIDS, Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR), GBVF, environmental awareness and feminine hygiene with the objective of de-stigmatising, raising awareness, keeping women safe and empowering young women to remain in school. During peer-to-peer support groups, young women use their own experiences to help each other navigate challenges they might be facing based on similar experiences. This may be in the form of knowledge sharing or provision of emotional support, social interaction, or practical help.

Each person’s experience is treated as equally important, and no one is more of an expert than the other. Research has shown that peer-to-peer support can improve people’s mental health and wellbeing, meaning they have fewer hospital stays, larger support networks, and better self-esteem, confidence, and social skills.

Our Aims

TOFYWD aims to contribute towards the fulfilment of SDG5, which endeavours to “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030”. The target is to “Eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls in the public and private spheres including trafficking, sexual and other types of exploitation.”

Our Objectives

The organisation’s main objective is to provide community service to young women between the ages of 15 to 35 years who are in and out-of-school. Our work is centred around GBVF awareness and prevention, Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights awareness and service provision, education for young women, HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention and other related social challenges faced by young women.

Our Values

To find out more about us, download our Organisational Profile and Constitution now by clicking the images below.