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Tue Aug 27 09:37:43 EDT 2013

Dear friends in or near South Africa,
Consider if you or someone you know would like to apply to be a mentor 
for the MenEngage Africa Nework and Women's Health Research Unit 
initiative (see below):

*Sonke Gender Justice Network, the MenEngage Africa Network and the 
Women’s Health Research Unit at the University of Cape Town are proud to 
host the second MenEngage Africa Training Initiative course: 
‘Masculinities, Leadership and Gender Justice in Sub-Saharan Africa’, to 
be held from 16-26 September 2013 at the University of Cape Town in 
South Africa. A critical component of this training course is the 
ongoing support and guidance afforded to its participants through its 
Mentorship Programme. We hereby invite interested individuals to apply 
to serve as mentors on this programme*.

*To apply to be a mentor, please download and complete this short 
application form and send it along with your CV to 
mentors4mati at by 31 August 2013.*

*About the course*
‘Masculinities, Leadership and Gender Justice in Sub-Saharan Africa’ is 
a short, intensive, ten-day residential course which seeks to expand the 
skills and knowledge of women and men in the Sub-Saharan Africa region 
to scale up work on engaging men and boys in gender equality, and build 
a network of leaders and gender justice advocates. In so doing, it aims 
to strengthen existing work on the greater involvement of men and boys 
in the prevention and response to sexual and gender-based violence, 
sexual and reproductive health and rights, HIV and AIDS, fatherhood, 
LGBTI rights and other issues pertaining to gender equality.

The course will incorporate a mix of thematic and skills-building 
sessions - covering both theoretical and practical components - as well 
as a site visit and daily opportunity for self-reflection.  Thematic 
sessions will address the topics mentioned above, while the skills 
building sessions will specifically address leadership (including youth 
leadership), organisational development, research methods, advocacy, 
resource mobilisation and monitoring and evaluation.

As part of the training, participants are expected to submit a ‘Project 
for Change’ proposal, which will be refined during the course and, most 
importantly, implemented within their respective organisations once the 
course is completed. The Project for Change is a project or programme 
that is applicable to engaging men for gender equality in areas such as 
sexual and gender based violence, HIV and AIDS, sexual and reproductive 
health or, LGBTI rights to name a few potential thematic areas.  Through 
the implementation of the Project for Change, it is hoped that 
participants will be able to practically employ the additional skills 
and knowledge gained from this training course.

To assist participants with the implementation of their Projects for 
Change, MATI has developed a Mentorship Programme that will be carried 
out for a minimum of six months . This programme is a critical aspect of 
the training as it seeks to provide participants with ongoing support 
and guidance during the implementation phase of their projects. 
Ultimately, certification for the training course will be based on 
satisfactory implementation of the Project for Change and thorough 
engagement in the Mentorship Programme.
(To learn more about the training course, download this Training Course 

*Outline of first Mentorship Programme*
After the first training course which was held from 20-30 August 2012, 
23 participants from the training began implementing their Projects for 
Change with support and guidance from highly skilled and knowledgeable 
mentors from across the African continent and the globe. A mid-term 
evaluation of the first Mentorship Programme revealed that 65% of 
participants, or mentees, found the programme to be either good, very 
good or excellent. As one mentee explained, /“From the Mentorship 
Programme, I have been able to tap into the expertise and experience of 
an older colleague in the same field of work and advocacy, further 
enhancing and building my capacity in the areas of project design, 
implementation and execution.”/ Another respondent described their 
mentor as a /“guiding star.”/ Having access to mentors who work in the 
fields of gender justice and human rights, and who have substantial 
project management experience has meant that mentees were engaged in 
continuous learning long after the training course had concluded.

The Mentorship Programme had numerous benefits for mentees as well. 
Speaking on their experience, one mentor commented, /“Every young person 
who invites me into their’s always an honour. It’s an 
inspiration...”/ Mentors were able to extend their networks on the 
continent, increase their own knowledge of gender and human rights 
issues in the African context as well as gain personal fulfilment from 
supporting the next generation of leaders in the pursuit of gender 
equality and respect for human rights.

*The Challenges of the Mentorship Programme*
While the first Mentorship Programme was hugely beneficial for both 
mentors and mentees, there were some challenges experienced. Both groups 
reported that they experienced difficulty in making the time to connect 
(via telephone, skype or face-to-face meetings) often because of their 
work schedules. There seemed to be a lack of commitment to the programme 
from both mentors and mentees.

To mitigate this, certification for the participants attending the 
training course ‘Masculinities, Leadership and Gender Justice in 
Sub-Saharan Africa’ will be delayed until satisfactory participation in 
the Mentorship Programme has been determined. Therefore, this equally 
requires mentors to commit to the programme to not only ensure that 
mentees’ Projects for Change are being implemented but additionally, 
that they can receive certification thereafter. Hence, the Mentorship 
Programme plays a critical role in nurturing gender justice advocates 
beyond the ten-day course in order to continue effective gender 
transformative work on the continent.
(To learn more about the first Mentorship Programme , download this MATI 
Mentorship Mid-term Evaluation Report. 

*Call for Mentors*
Given the importance of the Mentorship Programme, Sonke and its partners 
are seeking highly committed and experienced individuals to form part of 
the Mentorship Programme. Mentors must be committed to the goal of 
gender equality and work from a human rights ethos. We would appreciate 
mentors from a diverse range of occupations including gender activists, 
programme staff, project managers or coordinators who work in the fields 
of women’s rights, children’s rights, sexual and reproductive health and 
rights, HIV and AIDS, for LGBTI organisations, as youth leaders as well 
as those working in government, as UN Agency representatives, donors, 
academics and media advocates. Such persons should be willing and able 
to freely give of their time and provide ongoing support to mentees as 
they implement activities related to their Projects for Change.
Specifically mentors would be required to;

  * Be available for and committed to monthly support meetings (through
    telephone, email exchanges, skype calls or, where feasible,
    face-to-face meetings);
  * Be in a position to meet the costs of communication in cases where
    the mentee’s organisation is under resourced;
  * Sign mentoring agreements that outline the terms of the relationship
    as provided by Sonke;
  * Provide advice, coaching, and/or feedback to mentees on a regular basis;
  * Maintain confidentiality within mentoring relationships;
  * Guide the mentee for six months as they implement activities related
    to their project.

*Who is eligible?*
An ideal mentor would:

  * Have experience working in non-governmental organisations (NGOs),
    community-based organisations (CBOs), government, UN agencies,
    donors, academic institutions, faith based organisations, juridical
    systems or other relevant organisations in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  * Have a minimum of 2-5 years work experience in gender, advocacy ,
    human rights, social justice and/or sexual and reproductive health
    and rights issues;
  * Have a minimum of 2-5 years in a leadership role, or in project
  * Have a basic understanding of gender issues, particularly around
    gender justice and male involvement/masculinities;
  * Hold at minimum a Bachelor’s degree in international relations,
    human rights, health rights, gender or other relevant fields
    (practical experience will be taken into account in lieu of an
    educational background);
  * Be fluent in English;
  * Experience as a mentor an added advantage.

*Benefits for Mentors*
Participation in the ‘Masculinities, Leadership and Gender Justice in 
sub-Saharan Africa’ training course presents a number of opportunities 
for mentors, including;

  * Expanding your network on the African continent;
  * Increasing your knowledge of gender justice and human rights issues
    in different contexts;
  * Making an invaluable contribution to the development of activists
    working for gender transformation and human rights.

Please note, there is no remuneration being offered to mentors. However, 
Sonke, MenEngage Africa and Women’s Health and Research Unit at the 
University of Cape Town will provide a letter attesting to your 
participation at the conclusion of the Mentorship Programme.

*Application Procedure*
If you would like to be a mentor, please download this application form 
answer the questions therein and email it to mentors4mati at 
along with your CV.

Applications close 31 August 2013.

For further information, kindly contact Tanya Charles at: 
mentors4mati at 

The course organisers wish to express sincere appreciation to the 
Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (SIDA), the Oak 
Foundation and the UNFPA South Africa Office for their financial support 
in making his training course possible. Particular thanks also to 
members of the MenEngage Africa Network, including those on the Advisory 
Committee, for their on-going commitment, input and collaboration.

The 16 Days Team
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