Date: 
Aug 4 2014 - Aug 8 2014

Sonke Gender Justice, the Gender Unit at the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria, and the Centre for the Study of AIDS at the University of Pretoria, with the support of Irish Aid, are hosting their annual human rights short-course on "The Role of Men and Boys in Achieving Gender Equality."

This free, five-day course "seeks to expand the knowledge of individuals and organisations working on engaging men and boys towards gender equality within a feminist framework. Participants will debate the ideological and political implications of a gender transformation approach where engaging men and boys is key. The course is designed to strengthen existing work involving men and boys in the prevention and response to gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive health and rights, HIV and AIDS, parenthood, and other issues pertaining to gender equality."

According to the organisers, "at the end of the course participants will have significantly improved their knowledge in the areas of feminist approaches to gender and development, the links between masculinities and gender justice and promising practices engaging men and boys for gender equality within a feminist framework. Participants will be able to apply this learning to their current and future employment at the programmatic, research and policy levels."

The course modules will focus in the following areas:

  • International human rights as it relates to gender equality
  • Key feminist concepts around human rights and gender in development theories
  • Where it all started ...Following the lead of the women's movement
  • Overview on why engaging men for gender equality and debates around this approach
  • Gender, culture, tradition and religion
  • Case studies of promising practices on engaging men for gender equality globally
  • Gender-based violence prevention
  • Sexual and reproductive health and rights and HIV and AIDS
  • LGBTI rights
  • Parenthood and gender equality: MenCare.

Click here for more information about the course.

Registration information:

Deadline date for registration: July 2, 2014.

The course is aimed at gender activists, programme staff and project managers from women’s rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, HIV and AIDS organisations, youth leaders, and government officials.

Click here to download the application form in Word format.