Mmatshilo Motsei

Agisanang Domestic Abuse Prevention and Training (ADAPT)

Mmatshilo Motsei is Founder and Director of the Agisanang Domestic Abuse Prevention and Training (ADAPT), a non-profit organization that focuses on providing counseling and support services to abused women, men, young people and the elderly in South Africa. At ADAPT, she has developed a community empowerment model for addressing domestic violence that recognizes that while men are the primary perpetrators of gender-based violence, they also need to be central in the solution.

Mmatshilo has worked for over 10 years as a community development specialist, a counselor and gender consultant for public and private institutions in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Somalia as well as Europe, the United States, Canada and Australia. She is a poet and author as well; her writings include Hearing Visions Seeing Voices (Jacana Media 2004) and The Kanga and the Kangaroo Court: Reflections on the Rape Trail of Jacob Zuma (Jacana Media 2007).

She also worked in the Office of the President of South Africa where she formulated recommendations regarding the setting up of appropriate national gender structures, and for the Ford Foundation as a short-term consultant. As a result of her work, she has received numerous local and international awards including the United Nations Habitat Scroll of Honor Award in 2000 for her work in involving men as part of the solution to violence against women.

Mmatshilo was born in Lady Selborne, Pretoria in South Africa. She begun her career as a nurse and midwife at Masana Hospital in Limpopo Province, and moved on to become a nursing lecturer and social science research at Wits University and a psychology Graduate from Unisa.