Working with Men in Southern Africa for Gender Equality and Social Justice

12:30 pm
1:30 pm
Thursday
5
March
2009
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Bafana Khumalo and Dean Peacock
Co-Founders and Co-Directors of the Sonke Gender Justice Network
Special Event
The Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health
Open to the Columbia Community
The Sonke Gender Justice Network works with men, women, youth and children in southern, east and central Africa to achieve gender equality, prevent gender based violence and reduce the spread of HIV and the impact of AIDS through education, advocacy, and awareness.

The Sonke Gender Justice uses various social change strategies to promote a healthy, equal society. These wide ranging strategies recognize that changing deeply held beliefs about gender roles and relations requires a comprehensive, multi-faceted approach. The social change approach tries to impact on traditions and cultures, government policies, laws and institutions, civil society organizations, the media, the family and economic, political and social pressures.

The Sonke Gender Justice has adopted the Spectrum of Change approach as a planning and program tool. This approach identifies eight interconnected social change strategies which promote changes at the individual, social, political and economic levels. These strategies are to:

* Strengthen individual knowledge, skills and leadership capacity
* Promote community education
* Foster coalitions and networks
* Change and strengthen organizational practices
* Educate providers and key stakeholders
* Engage in rights-based community mobilization and advocacy
* Work with government

Sonke Gender Justice sees the first level as a critical starting point to transforming attitudes and practices within individuals, communities, organizations and public institutions. However work with individuals and small groups is also a starting point for broader social, cultural, legal and political transformation.

Contact:

Lynne Loomis-Price
212-304-5547