Privacy Policy

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Who we are

With offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Agincourt, Sonke works globally, and especially across Africa, to strengthen government, civil society and citizen capacity to take action to promote gender equality, prevent domestic and sexual violence and reduce the spread and impact of HIV and AIDS. In this way the organisation contributes to the development of societies in which men, women, youth and children can enjoy equitable, healthy and happy relationships that contribute to the development of just and democratic societies.

Our website address is

Our email address is

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the website we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

Our contact form plugin does not store any of your submitted data on a remote storage platform.


If you leave a comment on our website you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this website, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this website may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites will behave in the same way as if the visitor has visited the source website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


All website traffic data is sent to and processed by Google Analytics, but personal information is not processed or stored and IP addresses are anonymised.

Who we share your data with

We do not share your personal data with any third party organisations, developers or marketing agencies. If you choose to receive our newsletter/RSS updates, we add your name and email address to our Everlytic mailing list. You can choose to opt out of our mailing list at any time via your account settings page.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

Information gathered by Google Analytics is also kept indefinitely for our logistical recording purposes, but this data is purely statistical in nature and cannot be used to identify specific users in any way.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this website, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Please send an email to our website administrator THINKTEAM at if you would like to review a copy of your personal data or have it erased from our database. They will honour your request as soon as possible.


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.

The primary purpose of the POPI Act is to regulate the collection and processing of personal information in a manner that will safeguard such information against unauthorised access and usage.

You receive email from us because you are a partner, or a subscriber and we want to continue sending communication to you. If you are happy to stay on the mailing list there is no action required. However, if you do not wish to continue receiving communication from us then please opt out by clicking on the “Unsubscribe” button at the footer of any of our emails to be removed.

If your organisation’s firewall blocks the unsubscribe button, simply send us an e-mail with the word “Unsubscribe” in the Subject line. Please note that you can opt-out of our e-mail communication at any time.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service. Anonymised website traffic is tracked by Google Analytics.

Contact information

If you have any further queries relating to our privacy policy, please contact our website website administrator at

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