About the Gender Department
LL/CL’s Gender Department was enacted in 2008 with a key focus on providing Technical Assistance to National, Regional and Local organizations and institutions to mainstream and integrate male engagement approaches and strategies in existing efforts aimed at responding and mitigating the impact of HIV&AIDS in the country. The need to establish this department was fuelled by the growing concern and recognition at the Global, Regional and National levels towards engaging men and boys as beneficiaries, contributors and advocates towards our efforts to promote gender equality and address the socio-economic challenges such as Gender Based Violence, HIV, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights. With the support and mentorship from globally recognized institutions such as EngenderHealth, Promundo and Sonke Gender Justice this department is fast becoming recognized as a key partner within Africa and in-country to work with on strategies and efforts to engage and work with men and boys. To date this department has a strong focus on working at National, Regional and Local Levels to address the escalating scourge of Gender Based Violence and now has an increasing focus on both men and women including children.
Core Principles of the work that we do :
– Gender Equality
All work done under this department is geared towards the promotion of Gender Equality.
– Gender Transformation
The Gender Department recognizes the existence of gendered and power inequalities between men and women and realizes how these inequalities are often at the core of the many socio-economic challenges that individuals, families, communities and a nation we face. All efforts made by the department is focused towards challenging harmful gender norms and inequalities in addition to the promotion of transformed gender norms that would ultimately lead to the establishment of healthier, safe and more resilient individuals, families, communities and a Nation.
– Global, Regional and Global Commitments
Work carried out under the Gender Department is aligned to the following international, regional and national commitments; such as the International Conference on Population and Development (1994) , the Beijing Platform for Action (1995), the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women’s in 2004 and 2009, the Millennium Development Goals, the Rio Declaration on Engaging Men and Boys on Achieving Gender Equality (2009), The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW, 1997) The Johannesburg Declaration (2009) and Call to Action (2009), the African Charter on Human Rights and People’s Rights, The Southern African Development Community Gender Protocol, SADC Declaration on Gender and Development and its Addendum on the Prevention and Eradication of Violence against women and children, the Revised National Gender Policy (2010-2020) and its plan of action, The National Plan of Action on Gender Based Violence (2012-2016).
About the Gender Department