Uyinene Mrwetyana Foundation


The Uyinene Mrwetyana Foundation (UMF) was founded in celebration of the life of Uyinene Mrwetyana. Uyinene was a student at UCT at the time of her untimely passing in August 2019 at the age of 19, Her passing – through a gruesome and despicable deed – brought to the fore the GBV debate across the country and internationally. The Uyinene Mrwetyana Foundation is committed to continue the fight against GBV and will become the vehicle to continue Uyinene’s legacy.

Vision:  Towards a society free of gender-based violence

Mission: To be an instrumental partner, and a platform for youth engagement, in the fight against gender-based violence.

Strategic Goals:

1. Prevention of gender-based violence programmes and initiatives •Advocacy & Awareness •Education and training

2. Holistic support services to survivors of gender-based violence •Providing a safe haven for displaced women and children •Partnering with relevant stakeholders

3. Youth leadership development •Partnering with Tertiary Institutions to provide accredited courses on leadership skills Hosting Annual Lectures: Uyinene Mrwetyana Memorial Lecture in the month of her birth (April)