Addressing gender-based violence
in the workforce and our communities

  • What is gender-based violence?

Gender-based violence (GBV) can be physical or sexual abuse or harrasment, psychological abuse, or financial control. Whether it happens at home or at work, it's never acceptable. Find out your rights and how to find support.

  • Gender-based violence:

Domestic violence in South Africa is five times higher than any other country in the world and this in itself places a focus on just how important this topic is. At Imperial, we are not about to shy away from it. In fact, the Imperial Lions Women’s Cricket sponsorship alongside CGL – which the business signed last year in a bid to drive female sports development forward – serves as one of our platforms upon which attention can be brought to address this issue head on.

As such, we have partnered with POWA (People Opposing Women Abuse) under the hashtag of #endfemicide to ensure that we have a voice on the matter and are taking active steps to be part of the change.

In addition, South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa launched the Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) Response Fund, aimed at supporting and financing the implementation of the National Strategic Plan (NSP) on GBVF and the wider response in the country and Imperial pledged their ongoing support to related initiatives for this critical cause.

  • School Roadshow:

Imperial has piloted a gender-based violence programme in under-privileged schools to raise awareness at grass root level around this very key issue, as well as to give students who are being abused a platform and a ‘safe space’ to get help.

‘One Imperial’:
Speak Out, Reach Out, Find Out

  • Speak Out:

If you are a victim of gender-based violence (GBV), please don’t suffer through it alone. We’re here to help.

Speak Out about your situation to a colleague. Imperial is strongly opposed to GBV and will assist you as much as we can and put you in touch with the right people.

  • Reach Out:

If you know of someone at Imperial who’s a victim of gender-based violence (GBV), please Reach Out to that person.

At Imperial we are strongly opposed to any form of GBV and will help any of our employees who need it. Reach out to that person and to us, and we’ll start the process.

  • Find Out:

If you or a colleague at Imperial are the victim of gender-based violence (GBV), you need to Find Out what your rights are, because you do have rights.

Imperial is strongly opposed to any form of GBV and we’ll help you and put you in touch with the best people to help you.

Get help

Reach out to someone you trust (a friend or co-worker) or contact your local police station if you need protection. Know your rights, Imperial is strongly opposed to any form of GBV in the workforce and will help you get in touch with the best people to defend these rights.

Below you will find organisations and helplines to get the best possible help for yourself or someone you know.

South Africa

Imperial employees:

Call: 0800 222 613
Dial: *134*905#

General public:

POWA: 011 642 4345/6
POWA After Hours: 083 765 1235

Family and Marriage Association
of South Africa (FAMSA)

Call: 011 975 7106/7
Visit website:

Gender-Based Violence Command Centre
(GBVCC) helpline

Call: 0800 428 428
Dial: *120*7867#

Stop Gender Violence
Call: 0800 150 150

Call: 0800 055 555

TEARS Foundation
Call: 010 590 5920
For the helpline dial: *134*7355#
Visit website:

South African Police Service (SAPS) Crime Stop
Call: 08600 10111
SMS Crime Line: 32211

Thuthuzela Care Centres
Find one near you:

Rest of Africa

LifeLine/ChildLine Namibia
GBV helpline: 106
Crisis line: 061 232221
Visit website:

Visit website: FIDA KENYA


Domestic and gender-based violence
Visit website:

SA anti violence