The National Planning Commission Diagnostic document (‘the diagnostic’), is an important step in planning for the continued development and success of South Africa as a nation. It highlights key fissures in South African society, as well as impediments to the well-being of the nation’s health, unification, economy and material resources. Thus, it serves as a critical 20-year vision document to help chart the path forward for South Africa to the year 2030.
The purpose of Sonke analysis of the diagnostic is to assess whether it adequately accounts for the key issues of gender inequality with a specific focus on HIV and AIDS, gender based violence and interpersonal violence all of which must be addressed to ensure a healthy, equitable and secure South Africa. Since one of Sonke’s primary foci is to increase government and civil society capacity to involve men and boys in preventing gender based violence, reducing the spread and impact of HIV and AIDS and promoting gender equality, Sonke’s analysis pays particular attention to whether the diagnostic includes a focus on men’s roles and responsibilities in achieving gender transformation.