Publication Type: Reports

Sonke Covid Report

Emerging effects of COVID-19 pandemic on gender-based violence in Africa

The emergence of Covid-19 has significantly contributed to the increase in gender-based violence in many societies. This study investigates the trends of this violence in Cameroon, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa.  The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) affected individuals and communities in a variety of ways. Within a couple of months, …

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Engaging South African Fathers Programme Interventions Policies

Engaging South African fathers with programme interventions and policies

Families, parents and caregivers play a vital role in child well-being and development. The family, for example, plays the primary socialisation role in establishing a child’s identity. It is the family that also provides children with love, care, provision and protection. Having said this, while families can be the greatest source of support for children; …

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Breaking The Cycle

Breaking the Cycle of Intergenerational Violence

Exposure to violence in childhood can have severe physical, emotional, and mental health consequences and is intimately linked with the likelihood of perpetrating or experiencing intimate partner violence in adulthood. This process whereby violence in childhood is linked to violence in adulthood can be disrupted if children and adolescents are provided with quality, targeted interventions …

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MenEngage Africa SRHR Strategy

MenEngage Africa Strategy to Strengthen Youth Advocacy for Comprehensive Sexuality Education and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

This Youth SRHR Strategy is aligned with the MenEngage Africa Strategic Plan 2019-2023. It has also been developed in line with the Maputo Plan of Action 2016-2030 for the Operationalisation of the Continental Policy Framework for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, and the Southern African Development Community’s Strategy for Sexual and Reproductive Health and …

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Towards Harm Reduction Programmes Sex Worker Clients SA

Towards harm reduction programmes with sex worker clients in South Africa

This report explores possible harm reduction approaches to a sex worker client intervention in the South African context. It considers the current evidence base on client interventions globally and sets out key recommendations for an effective client intervention programme. Drawing on this framework and recommendations, the report concludes with an example of a curriculum which …

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Women Girls Experiences GBV Public Transport

Women and Girls’ Experiences of Gender-Based Violence on Public Transport in Gauteng & the Western Cape Province

Transport systems have tended to function in ways that prioritise men’s needs over those of women, which has led to public transport being described as ‘an institution through which hegemonic masculinity is maintained’, where women are at greater risk of violence, sexual harassment and sexual assault. Violence in public places, particularly on public transport systems, …

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Migration Health Southern Africa

Migration and health in Southern Africa

This report captures a two-day programme of presentations, panel discussions and group discussions at the regional symposium on gender, migration, health and public policy. The aim of day one was to discuss a number of migration-related topics including: health and universal health care (UHC) in Southern Africa, researching migration and health, associated ethical and methodological …

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Gender Migration Health SADC

Gender, Migration, and Health in SADC

This report explores policy responses to migration, health and gender – with a focus on women and girls – in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). As a region associated with high levels of population mobility, a high communicable and non-communicable disease burden, poor maternal and child health outcomes, pervasive gender inequity, and struggling public …

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Engaging South African Fathers

Engaging South African fathers

This programme brief provides a review of programmes that promote or facilitate the involvement of fathers and father figures in their children’s lives. It provides an overview of parenting programmes across the world and the results of the MenCare South Africa Childcare and Protection Programme’s evaluation, and finally makes recommendations for policies and programmes to …

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Stakeholder Dialogue RRO Litigation Advocacy Strategies

Stakeholder Dialogue: Refugee Reception Office Litigation and Advocacy Strategies

In April 2019, activists and civil society organisations held a stakeholder dialogue in Cape Town to discuss problems facing refugees in South Africa. The last eight years have seen the Department of Home Affairs shutting down Refugee Reception Offices (RROs) in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Gauteng, leaving refugees with fewer options, and needing …

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Gendered Analysis Political Party Manifestos

A Gender and Migration Analysis of 2019 Election Manifestos

Sonke Gender Justice has compiled a short analysis of the manifestos of nine political parties contesting the 2019 National Elections. The analysis addresses traditional gender issues such as female representation, gender equality, and issues relating to LGBTIQA and sexual and reproductive health – while sex work, as well as migration, were included to broaden the …

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Best Practices Research Report

Best Practices Research Report

Consistent and effective prison oversight is a crucial means to ensure the protection and promotion of prisoners’ human rights. Not only does regular monitoring, inspecting and reporting serve to prevent human rights abuses of prisoners, it also ensures transparency and increases the accountability of the government department responsible for overseeing the prisons system. Prison oversight …

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Public Transport Safety Symposium

Public Transport and Safety Symposium

Marike Keller, Policy Development and Advocacy Specialist at Sonke Gender Justice, welcomed the participants and provided an overview of the necessity for a symposium bringing stakeholders from the transport and human rights sectors together. Public transport is an essential part of everyday life for many South Africans. According to a 2013 National Household Travel Survey, …

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MenEngage On The Spot

MenEngage on the spot

What does MenEngage Alliance need to do better? What does MenEngage Alliance have to do that it has not done yet? What does MenEngage Alliance need to stop doing? Those were some of the questions we put to women’s rights organizations from around the world as part of our Accountability Dialogue session in New York …

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State of South Africa's Fathers 2018

State of South Africa’s Fathers 2018

There is no typical father in South Africa. There are many types of fathers and many types of fatherhood in the country. There are biological fathers, social fathers, gay fathers, straight fathers, young fathers, older fathers. We have self-identified fatherhood, ascribed fatherhood, long-distance fatherhood and proximal fatherhood, to name only a few. The texture is …

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