Founder and Executive Director
Elizabeth Petersen (PhD Candidate, University of the Western Cape) served as social worker and managing director (15 years) of St Anne’s Homes for abused women and children. Together with her colleagues in the shelter sector, the Western Cape Transitional and Special Needs Housing Forum was established and she played a key role in helping to establish the Shelter Movement of SA. She has studied various related courses in the USA and established strong networks in support of SAFFI’s work in South Africa. She is currently pursuing her PhD which explores the incipient (hidden) theologies present in intervention programs for perpetrators of IPA and to what extent this entrenches or deters key signifiers of abuse. Elizabeth serves on the boards of St Anne’s Homes and the UWC Desmond Tutu Centre for Spirituality and Society. She has written various academic articles and have presented SAFFI’s unique model of intervention at several international platforms and conferences.
Training & Programme Development
Lynn-Joy joined SAFFI in 2016 as the Training and Programme Development Manager. Lynn-Joy is an excellent workshop and training facilitator workshops and training and also plays a key role in developing training content and programmes. She is integral to implementing and aligning SAFFI’s strategic focus and partnerships. Lynn-Joy is also a Register Counsellor and provides psycho-social services to SAFFI’s religious leaders, their families and members of their faith communities. She hopes her work at SAFFI will help people to live to their full potential in relationships. She is currently completing her Masters in Child and Family Studies at the University of the Western Cape. Lynn-Joy loves the outdoors and physical activity regularly goes hiking in her spare time.
Oudtshoorn Project Coordinator
Patrick joined SAFFI as the project coordinator for Oudtshoorn in 2016. Patrick has worked hard to build relationships with various religious leaders in Oudtshoorn and is a key ambassador for creating awareness about the crucial intersection between religion and Gender-Based Violence in the Eden District. Patrick has 15 years of experience working in land and development and 25 years of experience working in the field of religion and justice. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and especially grandchild, being active in his local church life, and being involved in the local cricket scene.
Katie joined SAFFI as a fieldworker in 2013, specifically working in the area of Atlantis. Katie has been instrumental in building relationships with local religious leaders and she continues to support and strengthen their capacity to address Gender-Based Violence and Violence Against Women. Katie is a powerful voice and presence and her passion lies in bringing families and communities together. Katie also has a passion for music and helped establish the Hope Atlantis Youth Choir in 1990. This choir is still running today and will celebrate its 30 year anniversary in 2020.
Fungai is a PhD candidate in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town. Fungai’s research is focused on the responses of Faith Based Organisations to sexual and Gender-Based Violence. She identified SAFFI as one her study sites and she is interested as exploring how data is translated and taught to communities and religious leaders. Her general research interests are around religion, gender and development.
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