At CSVR, the Gender Programme integrates gender justice into every aspect of our work. With over 30 years of experience challenging exclusionary violence and promoting peace, we've made gender transformation a cornerstone of our approach. At CSVR, we recognize that gender transformation isn't just a standalone initiative – it's woven into everything we do, from research and advocacy to trauma-informed mental health support. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion drives us to ensure that women, girls, boys, men, and non-gender conforming individuals are considered at every stage of our interventions.

Our twin-track approach to gender transformation is grounded in a nuanced understanding of diversity. Here's how it works:

Mainstreaming Gender:

We integrate gender considerations across all our programs and projects, guided by our strategic framework. This means assessing and addressing the impact of our interventions on diverse gender groups throughout the project lifecycle.

Targeted Actions:

Informed by a Gender Transformative perspective, we design interventions tailored to the needs of marginalized groups. Whether it's women, children, LGBTQI+ communities, or people with disabilities, our initiatives are responsive to diverse realities and experiences.

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

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.

Gender Staff

Liezelle Kumalo

Gender Programme Manager

Naledi Joyi

Gender Officer

Nonsikelelo Ncube

Senior Gender Officer

Athini Magodla

Gender Fellow

Lindokuhle Malambe

Gender Assistant

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