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 and gender-sensitive approaches and strategies in existing efforts aimed at responding to and mitigating the impact of HIV&AIDS and Gender-Based Violence in the country. The need to establish this department was fueled 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 through addressing national priorities such as Gender-Based Violence, HIV, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights. With previous support and mentorship from globally recognized institutions such as EngenderHealth, Promundo and Sonke Gender Justice this department has grown and LL/CL has become a recognized 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 :
All work done under this department is geared toward the promotion of Gender Equality and the realization and protection of Human Rights.
The Gender Department recognizes the existence of gendered and power inequalities between men and women and understands how these inequalities are often at the core of the many socio-economic challenges that we face as individuals, families, communities and as a nation. All efforts made by the department are focused on challenging harmful gender norms, inequalities at every level of society and the promotion of gender-transformative norms change that would ultimately lead to the establishment of healthier, safer and more resilient individuals, families, and 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 and People’s Rights, the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women, 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 (2019-2023).