Organisation: South African Faith and Family Institute
Role: Founding Executive Director
Country: South Africa
Elizabeth Petersen holds a Masters Degree in Social Work (2006) from the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. She began her professional career in 1993 as a social worker at St. Anne's Homes in Cape Town, a century old Anglican shelter caring for abused and homeless women and children, and became their Director in 1997. She is passionate about women’s issues and the plight of the marginalized and has addressed various local and international audiences to help bring about gender & racial sensitivity and equality. Her quest for addressing root causes as it relates to violence against women and children let her to establish South African Faith and Family Institute in 2008 with the intention of creating a coordinated restorative justice response to domestic violence. Her extensive work in the domestic violence sector and her faith commitment and church leadership enable her to bring these sectors together in the quest to break the cycle of violence and abuse. She has recently (Jul09) completed a Hubert H Humphrey Fellowship program in the USA which enabled her to establish critical partnerships with colleagues in the Sates to advance the work in South Africa.