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Statement on the Death of Initiates in Mpumalanga
25 Jun 13

The reported deaths of 27 initiates at government-registered initiation sites in the past two weeks in the Nkangala district towns of Evander, Middelburg, Belfast, Kwaggafontein, Siyabuswa, Verena and KwaMhlanga is the final straw. For far too long, th …

MenEngage Africa Symposium
12 Jan 10

In his opening address at the MenEngage Africa Symposium, held in Johannesburg in early October 2009, Mr Mbatsha, Special Advisor for the Department for Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities succinctly summarised the importance of engaging men …

Commemorating International Family Day
25 Jun 13

Free State Men’s Sector On 15 May Maluti-A-Phofung Local Municipality commemorated the International Family Day at Thaba Bosiu Tribal Hall with different stakeholders. Free State Men sector was represented as it had to deliver a talk about the role of …

Sonke Launches First OMC Branch
4 Dec 09

The atmosphere spoke of excitement, passion and solidarity.  The speeches offered support and commitment from local organisations and Sonke partners for this exciting new initiative.  Spoken word and personal testimonies shed light on the community’s f …

Dying to be Men
24 Jun 13

This month the Men’s sector is supporting the Department of Health on the re-launch of Medical Male Circumcision (MMC). As we continue to mobilize men and boys to sign up for this important intervention in the compendium of combination strategies we pa …

Report from the Desk of the Secretariat Coordinator
24 Jun 13

National Men’s Sector Recently the secretariat audited the men’s sector at all levels in trying to understand our influence in terms of advocacy and social mobilization. The men’s sector is growing by leaps and bounds in the provinces. The visibility o …

Sonke Visit to De Doorns
5 Jan 10

It is with great sadness that I report on our visit to the campsite at De Doorns where a number of foreign nationals are sheltering after the xenophobic attacks which took place in mid November 2009. De Doorns is a small farming area just outside Worce …

ZAZI Campaign
24 Jun 13

On 25 May 2013 the South African National AIDS Council Women’s Sector (‘SANAC WS’) launched the Zazi campaign. This campaign is lead by the SANAC WS and is supported by USAID/JHU HIV and PEPFAR. Zazi is an nguni word that stands for know yourself; the …

The Fatherhood Project: A Force for Change
8 Jan 10

Community members participate in an OMC workshop With the quest to continuously engage and work with men on gender transformation programmes and initiatives, Sonke Gender Justice embarked on the “Force for Change Fatherhood Project” in the Mhlontlo mun …

Q and A Feature with Mmapaseka “Steve” Letsike
24 Jun 13

Mmapaseka “Steve” Letsike is the chairperson of the Civil Society Forum of the South African National AIDS Council (‘SANAC’) and is also the Advocacy and Training Manager for the NGO—Anova Health Institute. The Civil Society Forum was established in 20 …

Making 2010 FIFA World Cup Count
4 Dec 09

“Soccer is exercise and is also fun. When children play soccer they learn discipline and how to get along with others. They may also decide to play other sports and this lead to a more active lifestyle. These are the habits that result in healthier liv …

Working with Displaced Young Men in Musina
4 Dec 09

With the support of UNICEF, Sonke and People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA) have started working in the Limpopo town of Musina near the Zimbabwe border to address the very high-levels of violence against women and children (especially migrants) in the are …

National Men’s Dialogue attended by Deputy President Kgalema Mothlante
24 Jun 13

The SANAC men’s sector is preparing a programme to mobilise a million men in South Africa to be actively involved in programmes aimed at stopping the spread of gender based violence, following the men’s dialogue in which 200 men participated, convened …

SANAC Men’s Sector Foreword
24 Jun 13

This edition of the South African National AIDS Council Men’s Sector Newsletter is the second for the year 2013 and covers a number of significant events over the last three months. On 16 April 2013, men from across the nation gathered in Johannesburg, …

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