History

GenderWorks was established in 2012 as the Cape Town-based NGO-affiliate of Gender Equity and Reconciliation International (GERI), a programme of the Satyana Institute, nine years after the first Gender Reconciliation programme was introduced in South Africa. This was at the invitation of Cape Town’s Quaker Peace Centre in 2003. In 2006 the then Deputy Minister of Health, Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, requested an intensive Gender Reconciliation programme for members of Parliament. This led to several invitations around the country: workshops have since taken place for community-based organisations, prison inmates, religious leaders, peacebuilding NGOs, social justice groups, progressive educational institutions, universities, and members of the public. Since 2010, four year-long intensive professional facilitator trainings have been held in South Africa since 2010, and a fifth is currently underway.

I have been looking for a long time to find a way to bring healing and reconciliation between women and men here in South Africa…and this work is the answer. We need much more of this work in South Africa.

Nozizwe Madlala Routledge, former Deputy Minister of Health, and Defense

Our Mission

Transforming and healing gender relations and gender violence in South and Southern Africa by raising consciousness around gender conditioning, beliefs and attitudes; and building interconnectedness across diverse communities, through creating safe environments for dialogue, stories, and witnessing between genders.

Our Vision

Innovative leader and practitioner of healing, transformation and reconciliation across genders in South Africa and beyond.

Our Values

  • Compassion
  • Embracing vulnerability
  • Strength of diversity
  • Deep listening and spirituality
  • Supporting diverse and active communities of practice