My name is Carolin Duerr, I was born in Munich (Germany) on November 6th, 1990. I finished school in 2009 and started studying Cultural Anthropology and Sociology of Non-Western Societies at the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands) in 2010. After finishing this Bachelor study in June, I decided to try gaining some experience before doing a Master’s study. Since my dad used to live in South Africa when I was a child I really felt like going to Cape Town again, and after finding Sonke Gender Justice I was sure about it.

I am really interested in issues of masculinity/masculinities in urban contexts of socioeconomic inequality and marginalisation, especially in how gender and social and physical locations interact with the identity-formation of people. Also, I find it interesting to study and deconstruct (ideals of) masculinities, relate the findings to social issues like (gender-based) violence, and engage in a conversation on how to create and spread more constructive ideals.

More generally I am passionate about nature, all living beings, music and books/articles. I am sure that I learnt a lot during my time at Sonke and that I gained lots of experience to guide me through my Master’s studies and my further career. I hope that I will have the chance to work with Sonke again at some point in my life.