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Andile Carelse
(Founder)

ODF was founded in 2002 by a survivor of sexual violence. When she began talking openly about her history of childhood sexual violence on Youth Station YFM, Andile did not only save the life of the young girl who was about to commit suicide, she provoked national dialogue on issues of gender equality and the empowerment of women. She put on the spot light, the debate on freedom from fear, abuse, violation and indeed fear of men. This debate led to the Founding of the Open Disclosure

Foundation, whose agenda is to ensure that there is zero tolerance to sexual violence, and provide a platform for dialogue, support and therapy to those at risk, victims and survivors of sexual violence.

The Foundations’ work has been recognized and celebrated over the past eight years through the awarding of the Prestigious Ashoka Fellowship and Clinton Democracy Fellowship.

The Open Disclosure Foundation focuses on providing psychosocial support to survivors of sexual violence and their families through the three main areas, prevention, treatment and after care.  

•  Prevention: We raise awareness, educate and inform communities on their rights, access to various forms of legislation and policies which can improve the quality of their lives.

•   Treatment and care focuses on the creation of an enabling environment through counseling and therapy for victims, survivor and persons at risk and their families.

•  After care focuses on follow-up of clients and their families after therapeutic intervention as well as referral to other institutions for further assistance and empowerment where the need arises.