COVID 19 has presented new challenges to all of us. In the recent past we have had to learn very fast, new ways of doing our work in the context of the ‘new normal’. We have embraced these challenges and have developed new modes of operation that ensure that we are able to achieve our goals without exposing both our staff and partners to any COVID-related risks. Despite these challenges we are excited to share our latest newsletter with you.

To our donors and partners, Sonke Gender Justice would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your unwavering support.

It has been a challenging period, filled with loss, uncertainty and adjustments as the world came to grips with the challenges that came with the novel COVID-19 pandemic. Despite this your belief in our organisation and the important work that we do did not waiver. Our successes as an organization would not have been possible if it were not for your support.

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Unpaid care work still falls on women: seven steps that could shift the balance

Throughout the pandemic, many people across the world were forced to renegotiate their care responsibilities during periods of lockdown. Women and men generally received assistance from their spouses or partners during the pandemic, however women’s contribution to unpaid care work increased further despite increasing contributions from men.

Furthermore, both men and women throughout the East and Southern Africa region indicated that they received more help for unpaid care work from their daughters than from their sons. Finding a way to increase the participation of men and fathers in unpaid care work could have an important effect on a more equal distribution between women and men…


The eSwatini government’s violent response to peaceful pro-democracy protests poses a threat to the fundamental right to life and infringes on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly enshrined in article 21 of the international covenant on civil and political rights

We are deeply concerned by the senseless police brutality and state-sanctioned violence in eSwatini. The eSwatini government’s violent response to peaceful pro-democracy protests poses a threat to the fundamental right to life and infringes on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly enshrined in Article 21 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – to which Swaziland is a signatory.

The use of brutal force against peaceful protestors has become part of the fabric of the African political realm. Both in the past and present, many African governments have resorted to the use of violence to discourage citizens from seeking political reform and stable democracies.

The Kingdom of eSwatini is a member of the United Nations and the African Union. It has ratified numerous UN Human Rights Conventions thereby making binding international commitments to adhere to the standards laid down in these documents. Therefore, it is prudent that African leaders take a clear stance on this human rights violation and ensure that the eSwatini government refrains from the use of excessive force against protestors and hold it accountable for the brazen violation of human rights…


The slow progress in the ratification and implementation of the maputo protocol has had negative consequences on women and girls across africa

Since its adoption in 2003, the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, known as the Maputo Protocol, has contributed in shifting the trajectory on the promotion and protection of woman’s rights in Africa.

Despite its progressive protections, to date, only 42 countries have signed and ratified the Maputo Protocol. Of those 42, fewer still have taken the necessary steps to align their legal frameworks, policies and budgetary commitments to the Articles of the Protocol…


Sonke Gender Justice is POPIA compliant

Sonke Gender Justice values and respects your privacy and would like to assure you that we are committed to keeping your personal information secure and confidential. With the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) coming into effect from July 1, 2021, we want to ensure that we have your consent to keep sending through communication to you. The POPI Act gives effect to the constitutional right to privacy, regulates the way personal information may be processed and provides rights and remedies to protect personal information…


State of the World’s Fathers 2021: structural solutions to achieve equality in care work

The State of the World’s Fathers 2021 report – the fourth in the series – presents research on care work during the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on structural barriers that prevent equitable distribution of caregiving between women and men. While data show that men are participating more in care work during the pandemic, data also show that the world is a long way off from achieving full equality in care work. The report provides seven solutions – from the individual to the structural level – that need to be implemented to create a more care- and gender-equal world…


Our Policy Development & Advocacy (PDA) unit hosted a creative activism training for the consortium for refugees and migrants in South Africa

The purpose was to teach those in attendance new and innovative strategies for activism to raise awareness on various migrant experiences in South Africa and advocate for more inclusive and human rights centred policies. On the last day of the training participants held a mock celebration of the reopening of the Cape Town Refugee Reception offices which were still closed at the time.

We mock celebrated the beneficial outcome of the resumption of services with placards with statement such as “I can now open a bank account” because for as long as the services of the Cape Town Refugee Reception Office (CTRRO) are suspended migrants are unable to open bank accounts, secure tenancy, access health care or enroll their children in schools. The posters therefore reflected in inverse position to the status quo at the time…

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Abstract writing tips by Sonke and MenEngage Africa

Sonke and MenEngage Africa organised an online workshop on how to draft conference abstracts with a focus on the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA). Through this workshop, we sought to provide you with the skills and competencies to write informative and succinct abstracts.

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Danya Marx speaks to #eNCA about The State of the World’s Fathers 2021 report.


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