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Dean Peacock

Co-Executive Director

Dean Peacock is co-founder and Co-Executive Director of Sonke Gender Justice. Dean’s work and activism over the last thirty years has focused on issues related to gender equality, men and constructions of masculinities, HIV and AIDS and social justice.

In 1985 he joined the End Conscription Campaign to oppose Apartheid army violence and later worked with homeless youth in Managua, Nicaragua. From 1994-2000 he worked at Men Overcoming Violence in San Francisco working with perpetrators of domestic violence in jails and community settings and establishing the MOVE Youth Program and Students Talking About Non-Violent Dating, a peer education partnership between MOVE and San Francisco Women Against Rape. From 2003 to 2006 he served as the South Africa Program Director for EngenderHealth and coordinated the South Africa Men As Partners Network.

He is the co-founder and former co-chair of the Global MenEngage Alliance, and serves on many advisory boards, including the UN Secretary General’s Network of Men Leaders formed to advise the Secretary General on violence prevention, the advisory board of the Nobel Women’s Initiative to International Campaign to Stop Rape and Domestic Violence in Conflict, and the Expert Committee of the All Survivors Project.

Dean is a frequent plenary and keynote speaker at conferences and international meetings, including at the United Nations, International AIDS Society Conferences, the recent centenary of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and other fora. He currently serves as co-principal investigator on a number of HIV and GBV prevention studies, and has published widely on health and human rights in many major news outlets and in peer reviewed journals including The Lancet, The Journal of AIDS, the American Journal of Public Health, the Journal of Men and Masculinities, and the Journal of Gender and Society.

Dean is an honorary senior lecturer at the University of Cape Town’s School of Public Health and an Ashoka Fellow. In 2007, together with Sonke co-founder Bafana Khumalo, he won the Men’s Health Magazine Best Man of the Year award for public service.

He has an honours degree in Development Studies from the University of California at Berkeley and a Masters in Social Welfare from San Francisco State University.

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