Sonke to interrogate the linkages between climate change and Gender Based Violence

To wrap up Women’s month, Sonke Gender Justice will host a series of events to explore the gendered impact of climate change and its effects on gender based violence. Women’s month is an opportunity to gauge how far South Africa has come in addressing gender inequality and other forms of social injustices that continue to limit women’s ability to self-actualise.

Women are more vulnerable to the impact of climate change than men, as they make up the majority of the world’s poor and are more dependent on natural resources that are under threat from climate change. Women’s unequal participation in decision-making processes also increases inequalities, leaving them susceptible to gender based violence as they become more dependent on their male counterparts for sources of livelihoods. Sonke recognises the importance of engaged and empowered citizen activism to support and hold government accountable in addressing social justice ills, and as such it will host discussion forums virtually and in Gauteng and Western Cape provinces respectively, to engage with communities on the linkages between gender based violence and climate change.

Members of the media are invited to attend as follows:


Date: 30 August 2023
Venue: Diepkloof Welfare Centre
Time: 10h00 – 13h00

Western Cape

Date: 29 August 2023
Venue: Gugulethu Community Center
Time: 10h00 -13h00

Issued by Sonke Gender Justice.

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Sonke is a South African-based non-profit organisation working throughout Africa. We believe women and men, girls and boys can work together to resist patriarchy, advocate for gender justice, and achieve gender transformation.