Publication Type: Case Studies

Workers Day 2020 Desiderata Gender Parity

Desiderata for gender parity

This paper looks at 26 selected companies in Nigeria and explores factors responsible for women’s under-representation at leadership level of these organisations. It also recommends appropriate action to remedy the lack of women leadership.

Rights Action Accountability

Rights, Action & Accountability

This report outlines the results of research conducted from January 2019 to March 2019 on Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe. The research was conducted on Projects implemented in Freetown and Bo District in Sierra Leon and Matetsi, Zimbabwe. This Country Case Study was conducted as part of an assessment of the effectiveness of Sonke Gender Justices …

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Challenge Of Unlearning

The challenge of unlearning

This study contributes to a better understanding of masculinities and gender norms in Liberia and how these could be addressed to promote more positive forms of masculinities. It furthermore assesses how gender norms impact sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). The study has been commissioned by the Swedish Embassy, with input from and the support of …

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Case Study Lebanon

Working with religious communities to end gender-based violence

Around the world, we see an increase in conservatism, leading societies away from human rights, towards more dogmatic beliefs. Women are disproportionately affected by this shift, with limitations to their rights, the reinforcement of the male hierarchy and the marginalisation of sexual and gender diversity. At the same time, the influence of religious leaders in …

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Together Addressing Gender Dimensions Migration Health

Together: Addressing the Gender Dimensions of Migration and Health

This case study provides a detailed account of the pathway to achieving two key outcomes in the “Together: Addressing the Gender Dimensions of Migration and Health” project implemented by Sonke Gender Justice in collaboration with their civil society partners. The overall aim of the project was to assess and address the gendered vulnerabilities associated with …

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Understanding Implications Closure Women Asylum Seekers

Understanding the implications of the closure of refugee reception offices for the lives of women asylum seekers

This report documents the experiences of five individual refugee women affected by the closure of Refugee Reception Offices (RROs) in several parts of South Africa. Without access to these offices, asylum seekers face challenges regularising their stay, with negative repercussions on their daily lives. The report documents some of these challenges in three case studies …

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GGR Case Study

The impact of the ‘Global Gag Rule’ on migrant women and women from poor households in Cape Town

The USA’s ‘Global Gag Rule’, officially called ‘Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance’, was reinstated in 2017 when the Republican administration returned to office. This policy “prohibits US global health assistance from being provided to foreign nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) that perform abortion in cases other than a threat to the life of the woman, rape …

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Building On Solid Foundations

Building on Solid Foundations

In October 2017 Sonke Gender Justice and Men Engage Africa hosted the Five Days of Gender Based Violence Prevention Meeting in South Africa. The purpose of the meeting was to share ideas, exchange promising practices, collect evidence that can strengthen collective advocacy and develop innovative ideas on “mainstreaming” violence prevention. In preparation for the meeting, …

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Reducing Overcrowding SA Remand Detention Facility


This case study examines reform that alleviated severe overcrowding and inhumane conditions in Pollsmoor Male Remand Detention Facility (Pollsmoor Remand), a South African incarceration centre for people awaiting trial and sentencing. From the early 2000s, Pollsmoor Remand has been operating at more than 200% of its approved capacity, with an average occupancy of more than …

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MATI Change Stories

MenEngage Africa Training Initiative Most Significant Change Stories

Under the auspices of MenEngage Africa (MEA), for the past five years Sonke Gender Justice has coordinated the MenEngage Africa Training Initiative (MATI) in partnership with the University of California Global Heath Institute (UCGHI) and the Women’s Health Research Unit of the University of Cape Town (UCT). The intensive 14-day training course aims to contribute …

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Engaging Men Rural Uganda

Engaging men in rural Uganda

Over the years, the government of Uganda and other development partners encouraged the formation of women’s groups, called Women in Economic Empowerment (WEE) groups, in order to ease access to financial support, as one way of increasing household income and empowering women. However, this exposure to disposable income has been, to some extent, a contributor …

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National Dialogue Prevent Violence Against Women

National dialogue to prevent violence against women

As part of this project, ABAAD succeeded in holding seven national dialogue sessions between 10 feminist organisations and six religious leaders, representing various religions and sects in Lebanon, to discuss common ground in ending VAW. The goal of these sessions was to explore both commonalities and differences on the topic could be explored and identified.

Training The Police

Training the police

In Jakarta, Rutgers WPF Indonesia collaborated with the National Indonesian Police. A total of 75 participants from three training cohorts from different provinces in Indonesia took part. The themes of the trainings included: sex and gender; masculinity; GBV; stages of behavioural changes; basic counselling skills; anger management; sexuality; caregiving; and father’s legacies. The training addressed …

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Bandebereho Role Model

Bandebereho / Role Model

The MenCare+ programme in Rwanda reveals 40% less violence in men against their partners. The programme in Rwanda (known as Bandebereho, meaning ‘role model’ in Kinyarwanda) built the skills needed to have stronger, more equal and non-violent relationships among couples. Focusing on power and gender roles, the programme transformed ideas and norms about who does …

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Sonke Case Study Men Care Hiv

“I Have Two Healthy Hands”

A man in the kitchen makes for an unusual sight in most places, urban or rural, in South Africa and is often accompanied by snide comments, mocking laughter or a shaking of heads in disapproval – from men as well as from women. Patriarchy remains the widely accepted social norm and gender roles are clearly …

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Sonke And The One Man Can Campaign Photovoice

“Sometimes I Don’t Feel Safe”

With support from United Nations children’s fund UNICEF, Sonke launched its PhotoVoice project in June to make children’s voices heard through photography and writing. The first four-day workshop took place with 20 children at Mphathesitha High School in Nkandla and created a space for boys and girls to talk about their experiences, hopes and dreams …

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The Sonke Gender Justice - Silence Speaks

Silence Speaks

While stereotyped representations of masculinity and sensationalized portrayals of gender-based violence can readily be found in global popular media, the Sonke digital stories present an alternative vision—one that emphasizes the importance of reflection, hope, and a vision of change. Silence Speaks has worked with Sonke to coordinate nine workshops, including two pilot sessions, an assistant …

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Traditional leaders wield the power, and they are almost all men: The Importance of Involving Traditional Leaders in Gender Transformation

Traditional Leaders Wield the Power, and They Are Almost All Men

In African society, the sphere of influence of traditional leaders continues to be strong, especially in rural areas. As heads of their communities, traditional leaders are key decision makers and the custodians of tradition, culture and rites. Civil society organisations have realised that if they want to tackle important social issues in rural communities on …

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