Intensive Course on Women’s Health, Empowerment and Masculinities: Advocacy and Leadership Training

In September 2015, MenEngage Africa, Sonke Gender Justice and the University of California’s Centre of Expertise on Women’s Health Empowerment partnered together to offer the 2015 Women’s Health, Masculinities and Empowerment: Advocacy and Leadership Training course. The short course took place over two weeks from 1-16 September at Kenyatta University, in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, and it attracted 30 professionals, trainers and activists from the health, legal, research and human rights disciplines. Through interdisciplinary case studies and exercises, participants learned how to build women’s empowerment and gender norms transformation into health programmes and advocacy activities to maximise their effectiveness. All participants had a specific focus on advocating for improvements in women’s health, advancement and gender transformation. This slideshow captures and relives some of the course’s proceedings:

Below are some of the training materials that the participants in the MATI 2015 training were taken through, including videos, presentations and literature:

Course Readers

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Davids Story

Enough: The Story of David Olyn

Sonke is working to make sure that the justice system responds fully to the brutal rape and murder of David Olyn, a gay man from Ceres.


One Man Can in Bushbuckridge – King

King’s story tells how One Man Can and the support of his friends helped him find new outlets for life and fun instead of drinking and living a risky lifestyle.


Why Did Mrs X Die?

“Why Did Mrs X Die, Retold” is a short animated film telling the story of one unfortunate woman’s journey through pregnancy and childbirth. In doing so, the film paints an accurate picture of the dangers women are facing across the world, and our need …


Unstoppable Indians: Sonagachi’s Union

Sonagachi in North Kolkata is home to an estimated 12,000 sex workers. These women have organised themselves in a union to fight for their basic human rights and protect their future.



(Xhosa with English subtitles) After his wife passed away, Sonwabo became a single parent. He soon noticed his own health declining, but he struggled with the thought of seeking medical care at the nearby clinic. When he decided to get help, he discove …