Our stories for a just future
Welcome to Archive Ambali Wethu
Archive Amabali Wethu is a media and digital organisation that aims to cultivate a practice of dialogue that broadens our understanding of gender-based violence (GBV) and encourages recovery through curatorial and creative archival work.
There has been an increasing impetus towards building a safe and violence-free country for all who live in it. Developing South African and broader intercontinental archival materials to bolster ongoing activism and to contribute towards the deeper understanding of intersecting injustices which are the underlying roots to the daily manifestations of systemic and structural violence is a critical gap that we are responding to.
We have three cardinal pillars which inform approach:
We want to highlight the multi-layered intersectional nature of experiences of violence within our society, uprooting the underlying physical, emotional and socioeconomic complexities that give rise to and sustain sexual & gender-based violence (SGBV) at a wider systemic level.
We believe that experience is an imperative starting point of knowledge production; therefore the experiences of survivors should be central in informing strategies to navigate and challenge inequalities that arise from SGBV.
Ours is to not to assume what recovery should look like for different communities or individuals but to amplify and affirm the different forms of recovery and healing journeys that victims/survivors have embarked on.
Quotes by Black Womxn
Survivor-Centred Approaches To Eradicating Gbv: Centring Survivor Experiences, Intersectionality And Restoring Power
The term ‘survivor-centred’ has gained significant traction among those working to eradicate gender-based violence (GBV). As activists, organisations and movements put this term to work, they have faced challenges in accurately defining it and, more...
Gay male relationships are often imagined to be violence-free based on the assumption that a man can not be the victim of intimate partner abuse from another man. In recent years, South Africa has received attention for its high rates of intimate partner violence...
“Why did you not call the police?” Intimate Partner Violence in Same Sex Relationships in South Africa
The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa is heralded as one of the most progressive legal documents in the world. It recognises and protects the rights of the LGBTIQ+ community by prohibiting unfair discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender. A...