One Man Can
The One Man Can initiative is implemented in many sites and projects, as below.
This project celebrates men who care by profiling South African fathers in the local media. My Dad Can forms part of the international MenCare campaign being spearheaded by MenEngage. It is a national media drive to identify positive local role models and profile them in the media as examples of good, involved fathers, funded by First National Bank and First for Women.
Through a grant from the Canadian government (CIDA) Sonke is formally partnering with 12 community radio stations in six of South Africa’s provinces. Sonke has provided radio station staff with training on gender and HIV and has developed a series of One Man Can radio episode guidelines to form the basis of weekly radio shows that promote male involvement in issues relating to gender equality and HIV.
Sonke has been funded by the Western Cape Department of Health to raise awareness and promote health services to men in the Klipfontein district. This includes raising awareness about HIV and AIDS and the related services available in the area, such as councilling and testing.
Sonke's work with refugees and migrants focuses on addressing the specific gender and HIV vulnerabilities of refugees and migrants, on challenging xenophobia and the frequent violations of rights faced by refugees and migrants and on advocating for access to vital health and social services. Currently Sonke implements the Refugee Health and Rights Programme in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Sonke strongly supports medical male circumcision (MMC) as a measure for preventing HIV transmission. This position is informed by the increasing body of evidence which shows that MMC can reduce the changes of infection by as much as 60%. With this in mind, Sonke has recently launch a small project to promote MMC amongst urban young men in South Africa. The project is being carried out in partnership with Artists Proof Studios (APS).
As part of our commitment to strengthening the capacity of partner organisations, Sonke is working closely with three organisations in the Soweto and Alexandra townships of Johannesburg to host a series of soccer tournaments that are accompanied by Sonke trainings. The aims of this work are to increase their skills and scope in working with men and boys on gender equality and HIV and AIDS. The project is funded by Oxfam GB and has been running since 2007.
Until 2014, Dumisani Rebombo is running the One Man Can (OMC) project at our new satellite office in Bushbuckridge, Limpopo. The project forms part of a four-year randomised control trial being undertaken by Wits, UCSF and UNC and seeks to show how Sonke's OMC community mobilisation model can reduce the levels of violence in these communities and ultimately reduce the levels of HIV infection amongst young women.