Project profile — Inkanyezi: Transforming Women Leadership


Sonke Gender Justice
2022-02-10 - 2025-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• South Africa (100.00%)


• Democratic participation and civil society:
Democratic participation and civil society (15150) (40.00%)
Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (40.00%)
Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (20.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project seeks to use an intersectional approach that empowers women and young women leaders to advocate for the transformation of community systems that discriminate against women. The project also engages men, young men and traditional and religious leaders in raising awareness and challenging harmful societal and traditional norms that perpetuate unequal gender relations. It works with men champions and allies to promote positive masculinities. Project activities include: (1) providing technical assistance to elected, traditional and religious women leaders in political systems, governance, conflict resolution, transformative gender norms and power structures; (2) training non-elected women and young women in leadership, women’s rights, gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF), local municipal planning, accountability processes and access to justice; (3) conducting dialogues with men policymakers, administrators and traditional duty bearers on the need for policies and laws to support women's leadership and rights; (4) engaging with the Commission for Gender Equality on monitoring the implementation of policies and laws on GBVF; and (5) conducting community behaviour change campaigns targeting the consequences of unequal gender norms on women's rights and leadership. The project directly benefits at least 24,905 women, most of whom live in rural areas and are economically and politically marginalized. The project expects to indirectly benefit a further 20,000 people, 20% of whom are men and young men in the various spheres and levels of government and society in seven municipalities across two provinces of South Africa.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes of this project include: (1) increased effectiveness of elected, traditional and religious women leaders as visible and influential decision makers and role models; (2) increased accountability of local government and traditional systems to better address women’s needs, in line with South Africa's Constitution; and (3) improved gender roles within local government, traditional systems and communities.

Results achieved 


Budget and spending 

Original budget $800,000
Planned disbursement $586,529
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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