The Role of Men in our Lives

Sonke Gender Justice Network will extend their programme in the Nkandla (Northern KwaZulu-Natal) and Mhlontlo (Eastern Cape) areas during 2008. In order to inform the work in these areas a participatory research process was conducted with a sample of children in both these areas. The aim of the research was to explore and document how children in these areas experience and perceive the role of the men in their lives. The research focussed particularly on the role men play in the children’s lives in relation to the issues they face such as the need for psycho-social support in the context of HIV/AIDS, vulnerability to violence and support for school-going.