Rise Up Against Gender Based Violence was established in 2018 by Mandisa Mzindle (Khanyile), Sibongile Mthembu and Zimasa Nqabeni, initially acting as a banking vehicle for The Total Shutdown Movement. It was then changed in February 2019 into a fully-fledged organization providing direct support to survivors of GBV and running social behavioural change programs within the prevention space for GBV.

The organisation’s primary aim is directed at women living on the streets, as well as adolescent girls,  as they are especially vulnerable to violence.