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           Linking and Learning on work with Men and Boys A Regional Symposium on Gender Norms Transformation

Call for Abstracts

SAfAIDS in partnership with Sonke Gender Justice invites you to submit abstracts to contribute to the programme and content of the above Regional Linking and Learning Symposium from 19-20 July 2017, in Harare, Zimbabwe. The purpose of this platform is to promote learning and sharing of evidence informed practices on:

  1. Working with political, traditional and religious leaders for gender norms transformation
  2. Engaging men and boys for gender equality


The primary aim of this symposium is to promote collaboration and facilitate cross pollination of ideas, experiences, successes and challenges, information and above all, practical solutions to working with leadership, men and boys for gender norms transformation. The symposium will address and link areas of focus and propose and analyse innovative models to improve understanding and approaches within the Gender Norms Transformative Paradigm in the Southern Africa region. The forum will interrogate tradition, culture, religion, gender based violence in relation to gender norms transformation.

A multimodal approach of facilitation will include plenaries, breakaways and world café sessions to capture complexities and nuances of context in addressing negative social norms. Exhibitions spaces will be available, offering platform for organisations to showcase their IEC materials.


Abstract Submission

SAfAIDS and Sonke are looking for abstracts on cutting edge and innovative models and interventions in engaging political, religious and traditional leaders; men and boys within the gender norms transformation continuum. In line with the above theme, the abstracts should focus on the following areas:

  • Religion and Gender Norms transformation
  • Gender Based Violence
  • Tradition, culture and gender norms transformation

Acceptability of abstracts depends on quality, originality, relevance and applicability, clarity of writing and presentation. The abstracts will provide learning opportunities for various stakeholders who will participate in the symposium.

SAfAIDS and Sonke have set up an Abstract Review Committee, which will assess all submissions. The Committee reserves the right to accept, reject and allocate abstracts for inclusion in the final programme of the symposium. Submissions should be marked for the attention of the Regional Linking and Learning Symposium and should be submitted by 27 June 2017. The selected abstracts will be awarded an opportunity to participate in this symposium (participants will sponsor own travel, accommodation and meals).

Length of Abstract

The abstract should not exceed 500 words, briefly outline: programme title, background, key interventions, successes, challenges, lessons learnt and recommendations.

Abstracts should be submitted no later than 27 June 2017 to the following email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.