Founder and Member
WOMANDLA! Women Power!
Rolene is an Educator, Trainer and Social Worker who in 1992 graduated with B Social Work Hons on the Dean’s Merit List at the University of Cape Town. In November 1993 she registered Mosaic Training Service and Healing Centre for Woman too empower those abused, and like a Mosaic to put the broken pieces of their lives together and make their lives more beautiful.
From 1995 to 1996 she trained twenty seven women to work with destitute and abused women and youth who experienced gender based violence and abuse. Sixteen of these women trainees were employed to work as competent community workers with Mosaic.
In 1998 Rolene initiated the Mosaic Court Support Services in three magistrates’ courts. With the help of her community workers in 2002 she wrote the Protection Order Booklet for abused women called ‘It’s an Order – A Simple Guide to your Rights’.
She has received various awards such as the Rotary International Paul Harris Award, a Finalist of the Woman of Worth 2003 (Cape Times, V&A Waterfront), a Finalist of the Woman of the Year 2004 (Lions International) and was also a Nobel Peace Prize nominee for the Campaign 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.
She has just (in 2018) completed her book ‘Womandla! Women Power!’ an account of the journey of Mosaic’s Community Workers’ and Court Workers’ lives, training and services. Their humour and laughter is present whilst constantly moving through the difficult days at Mosaic.
Says Rolene, ”‘Womandla! Women Power!’ belongs to everyone who in our patriarchal culture and society wants to prevent and stop Women Abuse and Domestic Violence and who needs to seriously and critically condemn it.”
AREAS WE WORK IN:
MOSAIC was established in 1993 and is focused on preventing and reducing abuse and domestic violence, particularly for women and youth living in disadvantaged communities. This came from a recognition that many women suffer in silence due to lack of knowledge of rights in law and confidence to access justice for themselves. Furthermore, survivors of abuse and violence experience a lot of trauma which affects the way they function in taking care of themselves, their children and their livelihoods.
Mosaic empowers women as Social Auxiliary workers and Court Support Workers in targeted township communities where a lack of resources also affects the ability of many to access healing and training services. This model of training women and men from the communities they serve to empower and train others, ensures that their support services are determined by clients’ needs, community context and are culturally appropriate and easily accessible.