Using community radio to address issues of gender-based violence and HIV in the SADC region

OSISA awarded a grant to Sonke Gender Justice Network to implement a project that will contribute to women’s empowerment and gender equality in two countries of the SADC region, namely: Malawi and Zambia. To this end, the project will seek to build the capacity of community radio stations to improve their programming in support of women’s empowerment, gender equality and GBV and HIV prevention.

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August 15th, 2012

OSISA awarded a grant to Sonke Gender Justice Network to implement a project that will contribute to women’s empowerment and gender equality in two countries of the SADC region, namely: Malawi and Zambia. To this end, the project will seek to build the capacity of community radio stations to improve their programming in support of women’s empowerment, gender equality and GBV and HIV prevention.

At the same time, the project seeks to build the capacity of civil society organisations to advocate for action on these issues by building their media advocacy skills, and facilitating their collaboration with community radio stations in their communities.

The project aims to contribute to women’s empowerment and gender equality, specifically a reduction in gender-based violence and a corresponding reduction in the spread and mitigation of the impact of HIV and AIDS, through increased rights-based norms and gender-transforming practices, particularly amongst men and boys.

Sonke Gender Justice Network is a South African-based NGO that works across Africa to strengthen government, civil society and citizen capacity to support men and boys in taking action to promote gender equality, prevent domestic and sexual violence, and reduce the spread and impact of HIV and Aids.

Founded in 2006, Sonke is now a multidisciplinary organisation that employs 50 people with a wide range of backgrounds and expertise. Sonke has an expanding presence on the African continent and a growing international profile through its involvement with the United Nations and its role as co-chair of the Global MenEngage Alliance as well as other international networks and affiliates.

Using a human rights framework to achieve gender equality, Sonke endeavours to create the change necessary for all to enjoy equitable, healthy and happy relationships that contribute to the development of just and democratic societies. Sonke is registered as a Non-for Profit Organisation with the Department of Social Development in South Africa.

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