Gender Based Violence: current projects and trajectories

Posted on November 03, 2009

The Afrika Leadership Development Institute (LEADAFRIKA) has commissioned the Institute to obtain accurate and in-depth information on leadership training needs in the GBV service sector, and subsequently to inform the design and development of a curriculum on leadership development in such a sector. Provisionally, the project has revealed the need for leadership models to account for feminist perspectives to leadership. A feminist leadership approach focuses on the importance of democratic practices and processes – issues of justice, equity, and fairness. Furthermore leadership with a feminist orientation can address certain other key issues such as race, discrimination, and sexual orientation. Moreover, when feminist leadership is defined as transformative leadership, one can emphasise its unique role in sharing power, transforming human relations and making an impact on developmental issues.

 Additionally, the Institute has been commissioned by the African Medical and Research Foundation, South Africa (AMREF SA) to conduct a midterm evaluation of the project Masisukume! (“Stand up and take action!”). Addressing Gender-Based Violence in Jozini Municipality of Umkhanyakude District, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa.  In particular, the project seeks to empower vulnerable groups, specifically women and girls, in rural communities to reduce and prevent gender-based violence as both a human rights violation and a significant health concern.

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