Our Focus Areas

Our programming focuses within these four broad arenas:

RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY

Patriarchal structures are found in every religious tradition. The Gender Reconciliation process is designed to initiate a whole new gender conversation within religious and faith communities and institutions to raise awareness of the impacts of gender injustice and patriarchy experienced by people of faith. Religious leaders, spiritual seekers and congregations can come together and discover a mutual harmony, joy and compassion as a human family through the Gender Reconciliation work.

UNIVERSITIES AND EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

The university campus provides an ideal environment to introduce innovative approaches to facilitate the transformation of gender relations. A gender-relational approach stimulates deep reflection and insights that bring about behavioural and attitudinal shifts for lasting social change. GenderWorks initiates ongoing post-workshop follow-ups to build a vibrant community of students practicing the principles of Gender Reconciliation in their daily lives. Over time, these groups deepen into learning communities of mutual accountability, practicing the highest standards of integrity in interpersonal relationships.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

GenderWorks collaborates with strategic community-based partner organisations to implement Gender Reconciliation programmes within their constituencies. We foster a safe and skillfully facilitated forum that enables women and men in communities across South Africa to collaborate on healing the roots of negative gender dynamics and to address the associated injustices in their community. Through long-term intervention groups that go through our programmes deepen into learning communities of mutual accountability committed to fostering compassionate citizenship and building a safe and inclusive society.

PEACEBUILDING AND RECONCILIATION

It is the daily acts of violence and micro-aggressions which take place within many intimate relationships that establish the social conditions which bring about manifestations of violence on a greater scale. People’s ability to peacefully resolve conflict and contribute to social change partly depends on their gender identity. By applying a gender-relational approach to peacebuilding and conflict resolution, the different experiences of women, men and gender and/or sexual minorities along the fault-lines of race, class, religion, ethnicity, age, ability, etc. are heard. Through examination of these identities within the area of peacebuilding, opportunities for transformation of the foundations of conflict and post-conflict societies are presented.

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