Tanya Charles

Tanya Charles was previously project coordinator of the MenEngage Africa Training Initiative at Sonke Gender Justice.

Tanya Charles was born in the city of Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. In 2002, she moved to South Africa to study at the University of Cape Town where she obtained degrees in Social Anthropology, Media and a Masters degree in Justice and Transformation and Human Rights Law. Since 2006, she has worked in a number of capacities including as a researcher, teaching assistant/lecturer and an independent consultant.

She wa the Policy Development & Advocacy Specialist focusing on policy reform in the mining sector in relation to the health rights of mine workers and their families, particularly women who suffer the burden of care once miners have been retrenched due to ill health. Her work also covers supporting the call for a National Strategic Plan for Gender-Based Violence (GBV) through advocacy with other women’s right s organisations.

Previously, Tanya was the International Programmes Specialist in Research and Knowledge Management where she supported the International Men and Gender Equality Survey – a research study which seeks to build understanding of men’s practices and attitudes related to gender equality in order to inform, drive and monitor both policy development and interventions to promote gender equality.

She was also the Project Coordinator for the MenEngage Africa Training Initiative (MATI) which hosts the annual training course Masculinities, Leadership and Gender Justice in sub-Saharan Africa that provides a platform for activists, researchers, academics, government and UN officials to increase their knowledge and skills of gender transformative programming that is focused on male engagement.