MOSAIC was established in 1993 in response to high levels of violence against women, in particular domestic violence. There was a recognistion 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 in which it affects the way they function in taking care of themselves, their children and actively contribute to their livelihoods and thrive in society. Mosaic empowered womenas Social Auxiliary workers, Court Support Workers in targeted township communities where a lack of resources also affect the ability of many to access healing and training services. This model of training women and men from the communities we serve to empower and train others ensure that our support services are determined by clients’ needs, community context and are culturally appropriate and easily accessible.
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Rolene is an Educator, Trainer and Social Worker. In 1992 she 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 Women. In 1995 and 1996 Rolene trained twenty seven women to work with destitute and abused women and youth who experienced Gender Based Violence and Abuse. In 1996, sixteen of these women trainees were employed to work as competent community workers with Mosaic.
In 1998 she 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’.
Rolene 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.
Rolene is at present the Founder Member of Mosaic. She is one of three Members of Mosaic whose responsibility is to select and manage the Mosaic Board of Directors.