Sonke Gender Justice Network’s Progress Report to the 57th UN CSW

A Review of Action taken by South African Government Departments to Involve Men and Boys in Preventing Gender Based Violence

This report was compiled by Sonke for the 57th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which has as its key theme “the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.” The report aims to: (a) describe the nature and extent of men’s violence against women and girls in South Africa; (b) provide a rationale for engaging men and boys in responding to and preventing violence against women and in promoting gender equality; (c) outline government’s international and domestic commitments to working with men and boys towards gender equality; (d) review progress against commitments; (e) identify key gaps and ongoing challenges; and (f) provide recommendations for how the South African government can scale up work with men and boys for gender equality.