Gender Justice Programming


Gender Transformation is an integral component of CSVR work, it is integrated into our research, advocacy, and trauma informed mental health and psychosocial support, work.  Gender justice and the promotion of diversity and inclusion is embedded in our actions and approches. For more than 30 years CSVR has challenged exclusionary forms of violence prevention and peacebuilding. Due to our niche working environment, we incorporate a gender transformative approach to all levels of interventions, from the personal to communal, national and global.

CSVR's  follows a twin-track approach to gender transformation informed by a gender analysis underpinned by an understanding of diversity that genders do not constitute homogenous groups. The twin-track approach comprises:

  • Mainstreaming Gender across all programmes and projects while informed by the strategy- the impact of CSVR's interventions on women, girls, boys, men and non-gender conforming persons is considered in the project cycle management.
  • Targeted actions informed by Gender Transformative framing- interventions responding to the needs and realities of marginalised groups, women, children, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, (LGBTQI+) communities and, people with disabilities.

CSVR integrates its gender expertise into its interventions and advocacy work across various forums.

Specific work on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) includes:Specific work on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) includes:

  1. Serving as the Civil Society Organisation (CSO) representative of the National Steering Committee and Interim coordinating structure on SGBV in the country.
  2. Working in close collaboration with Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) coalitions and networks to address violence against women.

Specific work on Women's Empowerment

  1. CSVR support empowerment networks which provide spaces for women in all their diversity to share experiences, support and empower themselves and each other
  2. Facilitating a series of "healing and empowerment circles" to unpack, engage with and identify learning and ways forward in relation to the identified issues.

Designing and implementing capacity-building workshops and trainings for organisations

  1. Contributed to the strengthening of individual and institutional capacity to identify evidence that assists in the design of gender-transformative responses;
  2. Familiarised stakeholders with tools and concepts related to the design, monitoring and evaluation of gender-transformative responses;
  3. Increased the number of high-level professionals in the region with knowledge of monitoring and evaluation, contributing to the development of interventions that are gender-sensitive.

Liezelle Kumalo

Gender Programme Manager

Naledi Joyi

Gender Officer

Nonsikelelo Ncube

Senior Advocacy Officer

Athini Magodla

Gender Fellow

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