Challenging Gender Inequality: The role of men and boys in achieving gender equality

  • DATE

    28 October

  • TIME

    8:00 - 17:00


    Graduate Centre, Hatfield Campus, University of Pretoria

A collaboration between Sonke Gender Justice, and the Centre for Human Rights and the Centre for Sexualities, AIDS and Gender, both of the University of Pretoria, the course will explore the foundations of a human-rights based approach to challenging gender inequality.

About the course

The course is aimed at practitioners from across the continent working in areas relating to gender, development, health and human rights. Although the course has a strong theoretical emphasis, components of it will focus on equipping participants with practical advocacy skills for tackling gender inequality. This will be done through a mix of didactic and experiential work.

The course will interrogate a spectrum of approaches to understanding gender justice and injustice, including feminism, patriarchy, and intersectionality and explores the role of men and boys in achieving gender equality.

It will also examine the impact of culture, tradition and religion on gender norms and inequality, reflect on the gendered nature of violence and economic inequality and critically reflect on some of the linkages between gender, health and human rights, such as sexual and reproductive health and rights, and issues facing LGBTI, sexual minorities and sex workers.

If you are interested in attending this course, please submit a ONE-PAGE motivation letter and a TWO-PAGE resume which briefly summarises your personal and professional background, and qualifications, which are relevant to your application.

The course will be conducted in English, and all fees, materials, accommodation, meals and national and local transport will be covered by the organisers. However, international participants must pay for their travel to South Africa.

How to Apply

If you wish to apply, please complete an online application.

We will inform successful applicants by 23 October 2019, in order for them to make the necessary travel and leave arrangements, where appropriate.

This course is possible thanks to the generous support of Irish Aid.

About the host

Sonke Gender Justice Network

Sonke Gender Justice (Sonke) is a South African-based NGO that works across Africa to strengthen government, civil society and citizen capacity to support men and boys in taking action to promote gender equality, prevent domestic and sexual violence, and reduce the spread and impact of HIV and AIDS. Using a human rights framework to achieve gender equality, Sonke endeavours to create the change necessary for all to enjoy equitable, healthy and happy relationships that contribute to the development of just and democratic societies. Sonke has an expanding presence on the African continent and a growing international profile through its involvement with the United Nations and its role as co-chair of the Global MenEngage Alliance and Chair of the MenEngage Africa Network, as well as other international networks and affiliates.

Sonke is involved in a wide range of initiatives and activities which encompass its multi-faceted approach to promoting gender equality, preventing gender-based violence, and reducing the impact of HIV and AIDS. This includes research and advocacy at both the community and policy levels; community education, outreach, and mobilisation; building networks and effective coalitions; coordinating global efforts to engage men; monitoring and evaluation of its projects and initiatives; and on-going staff training to improve internal capacity.

For more information visit Sonke Gender Justice Network

Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria

The Centre for Human Rights is both an academic department and a non-governmental organisation, and works towards human rights education in Africa, a greater awareness of human rights, the wide dissemination of publications on human rights in Africa, and the improvement of the rights of women, people living with HIV, indigenous peoples, sexual minorities and other disadvantaged or marginalised persons or groups across the continent.

The Centre was established in the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, in 1986, as part of domestic efforts against the apartheid system of the time. Members of the Centre participated in meetings with the liberation movements outside the borders of South Africa, organised conferences and participated in efforts to promote human rights in South Africa, and, when the transition came, served as technical advisors to both the interim and final constitution writing processes. The focus of the Centre has now broadened beyond the borders of South Africa. Over the years, it has positioned itself in an unmatched network of practising and academic lawyers, national and international civil servants and human rights practitioners across the entire continent, with a specific focus on human rights law in Africa, and international development law in general.

Today, a wide network of Centre alumni contribute in numerous ways to the advancement and strengthening of human rights and democracy all over the Africa continent, and even further afield. In 2006, the Centre for Human Rights was awarded the UNESCO Prize for Human Rights Education, with particular recognition for the African Human Rights Moot Court Competition and the LLM in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa.

Centre for Sexualities, AIDS and Gender, University of Pretoria

The Centre for Sexualities, AIDS and Gender (CSA&G) is the new name for the Centre for the Study of AIDS (CSA). Since 1999, the CSA&G has been a semi-autonomous centre based at the University of Pretoria, more recently under the intellectual umbrella of the Faculty of Humanities, with the mandate to develop institutional, local, regional and international responses to HIV and AIDS. This has been informed by innovative theory and research as well as experiences of engaging with communities of various kinds. It has sought to understand the social and structural drivers and impact of HIV and AIDS, teasing out more complex aspects of what is sometimes seen as a purely biomedical phenomenon. Using HIV and AIDS as both a lens and a springboard, the CSA&G now explores, at the university and beyond, themes of: social and community justice; institutional and social transformation; sexual and reproductive health and rights for all; sexual diversity and sexual citizenship; the challenges and dynamics of gender, identity, race and class; personal and social leadership for active citizenship and political accountability; and effective community engagement and the promotion of community wellness.

For more information on projects and publications, please visit CSA&G.


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