GOSA's “Girls on Fire” campaign was created in 2015 to coincide with the 16 days of Activism from the UN. We changed this to “16 Days of ACTION for no Violence against Women and Child Abuse” GOSA believes women should be empowered and enable to protect themselves and their families rather than merely protest at the current state of affairs. We don't see women as victims. Skilled, determined and equipped with the appropriate tools to protect themselves and their families, we are #VictimNoLonger. We will be embarking on several programs to promote responsible women firearm ownership in South Africa and further afield.
I am a daughter, a mother, a grandmother, a wife, a friend, your colleague, your fellow team-mate.
I am a woman who can defend myself and my family by using my firearm.
I can stand strong and protect my loved ones.
I have a voice and a choice, I will not be subjugated.
I am your equal.
I am a #VictimNoLonger
GOSA is constantly in need of Donor Funding for three main causes:
- We engage in litigation on principle (apart from the litigation that our legal team engages in on behalf of specific members). Last year we spent more than a million rands gaining an interdict on behalf of 400 000 firearm owners who had not been able to renew their licences for various reasons. Our litigation seeks to enforce the rule of law to the benefit of all South African society. This year we will have to spend more than that to defend our interdict and to force SAPS, in our main action, to repair the IT system which they sabotaged, or have firearm licences deemed to be permanent.
- We engage in public outreach programmes like our provincial Firearms festivals, and our special interest group events. Our Ladies Top Shot competition in January caught the imagination of the local press in an extremely positive way. Our smaller, provincial ladies introductory events are kicking off in Cape Town in March 2019. None of these are money-making events. They all run on donations and sponsorships or run at a small loss. This is inevitable, and acceptable as the words spreads and more and more people join our cause.
-Our political activism (representation in Parliament and in various encounters with government and other role players) costs money. Flights, car rental, accommodation, etc, etc. This fight will not be won in court, but in the public space where we can influence politicians and law-makers.