2022 Global Health 50/50 Report: Boards for All?

The fifth annual Global Health 50/50 report, Boards for all?, presents the first-ever analysis of the gender and geography of who governs global health. Through an examination of the demographics of over 2,000 board members of the most influential organisations active in global health, the report warns that global health is not living up to […]

Gender equality: Flying blind in a time of crisis

The 2021 Global Health 50/50 report, “Gender equality: Flying blind in a time of crisis,” reviews the gender-related policies and practices of 201 global organisations active in global health. Against the backdrop of a calamitous 2020, the report finds notable areas of progress and hope. The new data and research show that organisational commitment to gender […]

MenEngage Africa Evaluation of Activities: Phase 1

Singizi Evaluation MEA Phase 1

MEA seeks to have the following impact, “women, men and children enjoy more equitable, healthy and happy relationships that contribute to the development of just and democratic societies”. During this phase of the programme, the focus of activities has been on building the MEA structures and networks. This evaluation has found that there has been […]

MenEngage Africa Evaluation of Activities: Phase 2

Singizi Evaluation MEA Phase 2

As part of the research for the overall evaluation, we sent surveys to members of the country networks. We received responses from representatives of 37 organisation s from 11 countries within the MEA Network. We used these responses as the basis for this ‘deep dive’ and analysed the survey data from the se 37 country […]

Sonke Gender Justice: Achievements against Results

Sonke Meta Review

This meta review of Sonke’s work consisted of a review of external evaluations. which relied on a range of designs and methodologies:five of these studies relied on randomised control designs, two were quasi experimental designs, and at least 15 used a participatory design. Many of these studies utilised a mixed method approach to ensure that […]

A Report on Training Programmes

Singizi Report Training Programmes

This evaluation focuses on three core training and education courses provided by Sonke Gender Justice (hereafter Sonke) together with its partners: Women’s Health and Empowerment – MenEngage Africa Training Initiative (MATI) The University of Pretoria / Sonke Advanced Human Rights Course (UP) University of California Los Angeles School of Law and Sonke Fellowship Programme (UCLA)

The Hate & Bias Crimes Monitoring Project Form Report

Report Hate Bias Crimes Monitoring Form Project

At the incep on of this project in 2013, the research team set out to document 900 (for methodological reasons) cases of hate crime, hate speech, and inten onal unfair discrimina on covering a wide range of vulnerable marginalised, or historically marginalised, sectors of society. The geographic scope of the project included ve provinces in […]

Understanding Masculinities

Understanding Masculinities

The International Men and Gender Equality Survey – Middle East and North Africa (IMAGES MENA) study includes quantitative and qualitative research with men and women aged 18 to 59 in Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, and Palestine. Local research partners are: (1) Egypt: El-Zanaty and Associates; Social Research Center, American University in Cairo (AUC); (2) Lebanon: Connecting […]

Male engagement in the HIV response


Gender inequalities and harmful gender norms are important drivers of the HIV epidemic, and they are major hindrances to an effective HIV response. While access to HIV services for women and girls remains a concern, a growing body of evidence also shows that men and adolescent boys have limited access to HIV services.

Evaluation of the Policy Development & Advocacy Unit


Sonke recently commissioned an external evaluation of its Policy Development and Advocacy (PDA) Unit, focusing on work funded by the Embassy of Finland in Pretoria’s Local Cooperation Fund from 2013–2015. The PDA Unit leads the organisation’s strategic legal and policy advocacy efforts in South Africa. The unit works to shape legal and policy decisions on […]

Human Rights Commission Report on corporal punishment and Joshua Generation Church


The South African Human Rights Commission has instructed Cabinet to require the Department of Social Development (DSD) to, as soon as possible, bring South African law into line with various international human rights treaties which is has ratified and its own Constitution by prohibiting corporal punishment in the home. Findings critical to addressing the extraordinarily […]

On the Fast-Track to End AIDS


The AIDS movement, led by people living with and affected by HIV, continues to inspire
 the world and offer a model for a people-centred, rights-based approach to global health and social transformation. And yet, today, amid a swirl of competing and complex global concerns, we confront a serious new obstacle: the oppressive weight of complacency. […]

Rights, Roles and Responsibilities of Men in Fast-Tracking the End of AIDS


This discussion paper focusses on men, adolescent boys and HIV, and specific additional actions needed to Fast-Track the End of AIDS to improve the lives of men and women. First, it outlines how gender norms and harmful masculinities increase men’s HIV risk and negatively impact on behavior (to the detriment of women and men) and […]

‘They call me warrior’

They call me warrior

Given the extent to which Sierra Leone’s decade-long war and people’s experiences of sexual and gender-based violence remain present in everyday life, it follows that work to foster social transformation will also need to be conducted through careful long-term engagement. This requires requires long-term transnational collective action that is sustained and sensitive, linking international development […]

Too costly to ignore

Too costly to ignore - the economic impact of gender-based violence in South Africa

Gender-based violence (GBV), and in particular violence against women, is one of the most expensive public health problems globally and has a fundamental impact on economic growth which can span several generations. More than 30 studies, mostly from developed countries, have attempted to quantify the costs of various forms of violence against women. These studies […]

South African Child Gauge 2014

2014 Child Gauge Report

Sonke is pleased to announce the launch of the ninth South African Child Gauge report which is published annually by the Children’s Institute at the University of Cape Town and which monitors progress towards realising children’s rights. The 2014 report focuses on the prevention of violence against children and includes many telling statistics which indicate how […]

Information Package Men, Gender Equity & Health

Information Package on Men, Gender Equity & Health

This information package on men, gender equity and health looks at how gender roles affect the health of both men and women. It addresses health problems including HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, communicable disease, chronic disease and mental health, as well as health-related activities including tobacco, alcohol and drug use and parenting. The package, which […]

Prevention of HIV/AIDS in the South African Armed Forces

Prevention of HIV/AIDS in the South African Armed Forces

In societies most affected by HIV/AIDS, it is a country’s military institutions, and the men and women who serve in them, that are often hardest hit. The rate of HIV infection is often much higher in the armed forces than it is in the rest of the population. In many African countries, including South Africa, […]

Trend Lines

Armed Violence in South Africa

This chapter explores South Africa’s dilemma, namely that its incremental progress and growth are undermined by ongoing and systemic armed violence and inequality. It applies the emerging optic of armed violence prevention, which focuses on understanding and addressing the contributing and inhibiting drivers of armed violence. This chapter is divided into two main sections. The […]

Decriminalising Sex Work in South Africa

All countries struggle with the legal treatment of prostitution or sex work, a practice that is as old as history itself. South Africa is no exception. The current legal situation in South Africa involves the criminalization of sex work with consequences such as the abuse of sex workers’ rights, violence against them and abusive treatment […]

‘Marriage Above All Else’

Marriage Above All Else

South Africa continues to be a nation that is celebrated for producing one of the most progressive constitutions in the world. In an effort to depart from its oppressive apartheid past, the Constitution of South Africa, as the supreme law of the land, ‘…lays the foundation for an open society based on democratic values, social […]

Les relations de genre, les violences sexuelles et les effets du conflit sur les femmes et les hommes au Nord Kivu, dans l’Est de la République Démocratique du Congo

Les relations de genre, les violences sexuelles et les effets du conflit sur les femmes et les hommes au Nord Kivu, dans l\'Est de la République Démocratique du Congo

Alors que beaucoup d’efforts et d’études ont été entrepris pour habiliter les femmes et les assister à se récupérer d’un viol dans le contexte de la RDC, et autre paramètres de conflit et post-conflit, peut nombreux ont examiné l’impact de la non- réhabilitation sur les hommes et sur la question de savoir comment les relations […]

Gender Statistics in South Africa, 2011

Gender Statistics in South Africa, 2011

South Africa ranks fourth among the 87 countries covered by the 2012 Social Institutions and Gender Index of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. It is the highest ranked country in Africa in this index. South Africa’s high ranking reflects the country’s strong legal framework in respect of gender equality and women’s rights. South […]

What About the Boys?

What about the boys?

Gender-based violence and discrimination is a society-wide problem, which requires a society-wide solution. In 2011, India ranked the worst G20 country to be a woman. National statistics show an 873% increase in rape cases from 1971 to 2011. To tackle rife inequalities, men and women have to be involved in preventive and curative efforts. Men […]