Fellow Since 1994
This profile was prepared when Mmatshilo Motsei was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1994.
The New Idea
Mmatshilo's first goal is to make everyone -- the general public and the professionals -- aware of the physical, sexual, and emotional trauma domestic violence causes millions of South Africa women regularly now. Second, she seeks to equip community and health care workers and their institutions to diagnose and deal with abusive situations quietly and effectively. Towards these ends she has created the Agisanang Domestic Abuse Prevention and Training (ADAPT). Through ADAPT, Mmatshilo seeks not only to reduce the incidence of violence in the home, but also to transform existing approaches to women victims of violence in clinics and hospitals, in health care training institutions, and at the national policy level. ADAPT will teach women and men in existing community-based organizations about the dynamics of family violence. It will also train them how to counsel effectively, how to increase community awareness of the problem, and its serious consequences, and how to formulate and press for better hospital/clinic policy and more appropriate "treatment" for battered women.